Ollie enlisted in the Army on March 17, 1906. He served in the Philippines, China, during WWI and during the Mexican War of 1915. He also spent some time in Texas helping to chase Poncho Villa down. He was in Co. F, 37th Inf., Presidio, Camp Fulton, Texas. He served under General Bell. We have pictures of him with his team and wagon in the army, and several of him on horseback. While he was there, his wife's sixth cousin DeWitt Clinton Weld, born in 1868 was also in Texas at the time. He was, in 1916, in a New York Guard Unit. He was a major at the time, and in 1920, Dewitt was made Brigadier General and placed in command of the reorganized 52nd Field Artillery Association, only two Nat. Guard Officers from the entire United States being permitted to serve on this board. Ike Eisenhower was stationed in San Antonio in 1915 also. Ike was Leah's 5th cousin twice removed. During WWI he was with the American Expeditionary Force which saw duty in England and France in 1918. He was a sharpshooter, you got extra pay for that, and with his large family, he needed it. He was a Master Sgt. and was a cook in the army. He could dance, play the harmonica and sing. He served in the Philippines also. At least from Dec 9, 1911at 24 and 9 mths of age. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C. He was also a ROTC instructor at Chadsey High, 5335 Martin in Detroit, Michigan. He got a commendation, Aug 3, 1940 saying "Technical Sergeant Ollie F. Culver, R-2022569 DEML (ROTC), Detroit High Schools, Detroit, Michigan, has been on duty at this headquarters in charge of personnel work. During this period of time, Sergeant Culver has shown himself to be conscientious, trustworthy and dependable in the discharge of his duties and his untiring efforts in the handling of his work has been a large factor in making this camp a success." By J.V. Stark, Lt. Cpl., Inf, Executive.
He retired as a master sergeant in 1940 and went to work as a civilian guard at Romulus Airport in Detroit, MI.