Walter served as a corporal in the 163rd Infantry in World War I, including seven months of service time on the war front in France. His military service record is under the name of Walter Ruby. 

All records for him after 1918—census records, business documents, news clippings—are in the name of Walter Ruby. Although we do not have a legal record of the name change, it is evident that Walter officially changed his name at the time of entering military service in 1918.

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