I do not think this veteran was a Major because it lists the company he was a member of. This means he was probably a Private. But it made me chuckle a bit because it does appear as if he was "Major Elmer Major." Could you imagine his superiors and fellow soldiers addressing him? "Good morning, Private Major?" Or, "Good morning, Major! - I mean, Private!" I am sure he was a major private in fulfilling his duties as Private Major!