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    Posted 3 years ago

    Snook
    (5 items)

    I was named after my grandfather who died in 1950 from effects of Mustard gas. He had some kind of cancer, which the doctor's crude treatment more likely killed him more quickly. I have only pieces of info about him, as my mom was five when he died. She remembers bringing the note to her Kindergarten teacher.
    He was in the army and was 18 when he entered towards the end. I know a lot of records from the war were destroyed in the fire in the 70s. We have contacted and received very little info. He later served in the marines during the 20s.
    I just want to find out more and put pieces of the puzzle together. Are there any good books or links that can give good info about the battles, etc? Any help would be graciously appreciated.
    I have one letter where he states, that his friend and him caught six Heines with two machine guns but wont get credit for it.

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    1. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 years ago
      Welcome to CW
      And thank you for sharing such personal item.
      Priceless.

      Regards
      Alan
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Probably "Huns", meaning Germans.
    3. Snook, 3 years ago
      I figured out that it was Heines, based upon what they were sometimes called by American soldiers.
    4. Snook, 5 months ago
      He was in the us army 30th infantry and 3rd division. It was a well known fighting unit, and helped with the key Marne battle. I have also read up on some individuals who were part of the division and they would die young from the mustard gas exposure, too.

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