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Registered for draft on June 5, 1917, as a C.O.; interviewed by Board of Inquiry in June 1918 at Upton, July 1918 at Leavenworth, and on Jan. 5, 1919 at the Disciplinary Barracks [Ft. Leavenworth]; classed by Board of Inquiry as 1A (later as 6?); charged with disobedience of orders; sentenced to 25 years in prison, reduced to 3 years; his brothers, Jules and Charles Wortsmann, were part of Dec. 1918 delegation that visited Secretary of War Baker to plea for release of C.O.s in prison at Ft. Leavenworth; reason for stance = humanitarian, Socialist; arrived at Leavenworth from Ft. Riley on Nov. 4, [1918?]; brother of Gus.