Soldier pictures are wonderful but can often be hard to identify, even with a name, because the location is often no where near where they are from. Luckily this gentleman I found on eBay did have a US based location and with a unique name he was easy to identify.
This appears to be Elder Lee Craft, born in 1892 in Virginia. He was the son of James and Annie Craft and husband to Ina Craft. This picture, as the photo states, is from 1910. Likely that he served in WWI – but I haven’t done the research on his military career. If anyone knows more I’d love to hear it. Hopefully he ends up in the hands of his descendants.
On a side note, there’s another great picture of Elder Lee Craft on his Find A Grave memorial, also a military photo.
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Hi, don”t know where you came across this picture, but he is my grandfather! He and his first wife never had any children, and he married my grandmother, Elizabeth McAlpine, in the late 1960’s.He was the only grandfather I knew. He was active in sports, (boxing) and the military, and was quite a character. He fought in 4 wars, had a great collection of militarly memorabilia, as well as boxing memorabilia, and was interviewed in the Virginian Pilot newspaper on more than one occasion. He was fiercely proud of America and his military service to the country he loved so much.
Denise, That’s great news! Is this a photo you’ve seen before? I found it on eBay and thought it was just wonderful. It looks like the photo’s been sold off eBay since the link no longer takes you to the photo. Feel free to save the copy I have on this site for your records.