Denver War Risk Insurance Applicants
1916 - 1919
Gerald E. Sherard
Colorado State Archives Volunteer
Active duty servicemen entering World War I (the
European War) were entitled to war service insurance which would entitle
them to compensation claims for disabilities or death. About 32
percent of the men who carried war risk insurance named their wives as
beneficiaries, 22 percent named their mothers, while "wife and
child" were the beneficiaries in 14 percent of the policies.
Premiums were deducted from their pay during the achieve period of the
war. After the war servicemen were allowed to convert the policies
to permanent life insurance policies. Also after the war the
federal government paid out claims five times greater than premiums
Of the 42,898 soldiers, sailors, and marines from
Colorado who participated in World War I, 1091 were killed or died of
wounds during the period of the conflict. The Colorado Casualties
included 101 from Denver, 54 officers, 53 sailors, and 40 marines.
The Colorado casualties are recorded alphabetically by name in the paper
The Sons of Colorado Who Made the Sacrifice in World War 1917 -
Several university campuses were used as training sites
for the soldiers. Among these were the University of
Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colorado
College in Colorado Springs, and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln,
The information below was taken from Colorado State
Archives book 23780N which covers World War I soldiers from Denver,
Colorado, who carried risk insurance. Information includes
rank and unit, insurance rate and amount, and benefactor to whom the
insurance benefit was to be paid. Often the name of the
serviceman's spouse or mother was listed as the benefactor. Many
of the servicemen were recruits in basic training.
Many acronyms and abbreviations were used in the
organization designations in the record book. To interpret the
meanings of some of these acronyms and abbreviations, see Appendix I.
Clarification of military rank can be made by referring to an
encyclopedia under the subject "Insignia."
Given below is the soldier's name, military rank
and unit, the record number and page number in the record book.
-C- -D- -E- -F-
-G- -H- -I-
-J- -K- -L-
-N- -O- -P-
-Q- -R- -S-
-T- -U- -V-
-W- -Y- -Z-