There is a William B. Proctor AND a William H. Proctor. Both were born in D.C., both served in the 25th Infantry. Both were honorably discharged in 1917. The only differences are that one was 5' 8 and the other 5' 9" and one was light and the other dark skinned. This is very confusing! On September 28, 1897, William B. enlisted at Corvallis, Montana (near Missoula). William B. stood 5' 9 1/2" and had a black complexion. He was in Co. F of the 25th Infantry.
1892 Register of Enlistments
Proctor enlisted September 13, 1892 at Washington D.C. His birthplace is listed as Fairfax County, Virginia and he is 21 years 4 months old. His occupation is listed as "Laborer", his eyes "D. Bro" and his hair and skin "Blk". His height is given as 5' 9 1/2" and he is attached to the 25th Inf. Co. F. He was discharged September 12, 1897 upon expiration of service at Corvallis, Montana. He was a Corporal with the rating "very good".
but then look at this enlistment record....
1894 Register of Enlistments:
On November 7, 1894, William Proctor enlisted at Washington, D.C. His age is listed as 21 years and 2 months. That would put his birthday at around October 1873. His occupation is listed as "driver". His eyes and hair are listed as "blk" and his complexion is "bro." He stands 5' 8" tall. He is attached to the 25th Infantry Co. B. He was discharged November 6, 1897 upon expiration of service at Fort Missoula. He had the rank of private and was rated "Good".
1897 Register of Enlistments
Proctor enlisted in Corvallis, Montana on September 13, 1897. His birthplace is listed as Fairfax County, Virginia and his age is 26 years 4 months. His occupation is "Soldier" and his height 5' 91/2". His eyes are brown and his hair and skin are black. He is assigned to the 25th Inf. Co. F. He was discharged June 17, 1899 at Fort Bayard, New Mexico for [Tel mists--can't read] His character was rated "Excellent".
but once again we have another possibility...
1897 Register of Enlistments
William Proctor enlisted November 16, 1897 in Washington D.C. and his birthplace is listed as Washington D.C. He is 24 years 2 months old and his occupation is listed as "Soldier". His eyes are brown, his hair black and his complexion "cd light" [colored light?] He is 5' 8 1/2" tall and attached to the 9th Cav. Co. G. This is his 2nd enlistment. He was discharged from 25th Inf. Co. B on Nov. 6, 1897. He was discharged November 15, 1900 from Camalig, Philippine Islands upon expiration of service. His rank is corporal and his rating "Excellent".
1899 Presidio of San Francisco, Miscellaneous Returns - Return of Company F, 25th Infantry Regiment
Return of Company F, Reg't of 25th Infantry for the month of June 1899
10. William B. Proctor Rank: Sgt. Date: June 17, '99 Place: Ft. Bayard, N.M.
dischar'd(?) by reason of being Physically unfit for duty in the tropics in accordance with tel. orders War Dept. June 16 '99
Pension Index August 1899
William B. Proctor of A 17 25 U.S. Inf. is classed as an "Invalid". Filed from "D.C." Application 8[?]1233346
1900 Register of Enlistments
Proctor enlisted at [sp?] Guinobatan, Philippines on 16 November 1900. His birthplace is listed as Washington D.C. and he is 27 years 11 months old. His occupation is "Soldier", his eyes brown, his hair black and his skin "Light". His height is given as 5' 8 1/2" and he is with the 11th Cav. Co. G. He was discharged November 15, 1903 at Fort Walla Walla, Washington upon expiration of his service. He had the rank of Sergeant and was rated "Excellent".
1905 Register of Enlistments [This record is difficult to read. Handwriting is poor]
Enlisted at Portland, Oregon[? very shaky handwriting] . He is 32 years old, born in Washington D.C. and has the occupation of "Porter" [tough to read]. His eyes are brown, hair black and skin l. bro. His height is 5' 8 1/4". He is with the 25th Infantry Co. G. This is his 4th enlistment. He was previously serving in the 9th Cavalry and was discharged November 15, 1903. This time he was discharged February 5, 1907 at Fort Bliss, Texas [can't read} G.O. 3 Texas.... Excellent.
1907 Register of Enlistments
William H. Proctor enlisted February 6, 1907 at Fort Bliss, Texas. His birthplace is listed as Washington, D.C. and his age is 33. His eyes are brown, hair black and complexion brown. His height is 5' 8 1/4" and he is attached to the 25th Inf. Co. G. He was discharged Feb. 5, 1910 at Fort George Wright, Wash. upon expiration of service. His rank is listed as Pvt. and his rating is Excellant
1910 Register of Enlistments
This record has a William H. Proctor enlisting Feb. 15 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He has committed to a 3 year enlistment. He is born in Washington, D.C. and 36 years 5 months old. His occupation is "Soldier". His eyes are brown, hair black and complexion "l. br." His height is listed as 5' 8". His regiment is unreadable [Guess: M or W A Det Cav] This is his 6th enlistment and he was previously with 25th Inf. G Co. He was discharged from them December 5, 1910. He has been discharged February 11?, 1913 at West Point, N.Y. asp. perv. [?] Cpl. Exclt.....
1913 Register of Enlistments
William H. Proctor enlisted February 15 at West Point, N.Y. for a 7 year term. His birthplace is listed as Washington D.C. and he is 39 years 5 months old. His occupation is soldier, his eyes brown, hair black and complexion light brown. He is 5' 8" tall. He is attached to the MA Department Cav. He was discharged from this assignment Feb 14, 1913. On February 14, 1917 Proctor was honorably discharged.
In his baseball memoirs, Dalbert Green states that "October 1909, found the regiment in the United States again; Headquarters, Staff and Band Companies A, B, C and D, at Fort Lawton, Washington. Companies E, F, G, H,I, K, L and M, at Fort George H. Wright, Washington".
The regimental baseball team at Fort Lawton, Washington "was very successful in games around Seattle... and adjoining towns". Green reports that he was assisted by Sergeant B. Proctor, who was also a "regimental star".
- Buffalo Soldier Regiment, John H. Nankivell pg. 169[Could this be William Proctor and the "B" stand for Bill? In 1900 he was a corporal and with Company B in the 25th Infantry. I need to try to find an enlistment record to confirm or refute this]
I need to double check this record ---1897 Register of Enlistments:
William Proctor enlisted November 13, 1897 in Washington, D.C. He is described as having brown eyes, black hair and having a light colored complexion. His occupation is listed as "soldier", he stood 5' 8 1/2" tall and he was assigned to the Ninth Cavalry. He was discharged November 15, 1900 at Camalig, Philippines as a corporal. His character was listed as "excellent".