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Re: To Lloyd and Joe (371st Infantry Regiment, WW1
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I checked the list of WW1 veterans questionaires at the Virginia State Library website and found no Thomas Lee listed. This only means that he didn't submit a completed questionaire to the state commission.
Unlike a number of other states, Virginia did not publish a record and roster book after the war. Several of the counties did books, but almost without exception these are Gold Star books that only list local war dead.
Based on what I've found compared to the info you listed I think your most likely starting point will be the Thomas Lee who died in 1934 and is buried at Cypress Hills in Brooklyn.
Contact the cemetery. They should have a file card on him with some basic information. It may well contain his service number. With that your search will be infinitely easier. Without it I'm afraid you'll be in for a long, tough, and largely non-productive search.
You also may want to begin searching the census records for VA to see if you can find an earlier listing (as in when he still lived under his father's roof) that you can get a county of residence from. With that info you might be better able to find his draft registration.
Best of luck,
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