[letterhead] WAR HISTORY COMMISSION
OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VA
MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N
JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY
A.J. CAUTHORN, TREASURER
[underlined] Wilbur E. Simmons. - Enlisted at Portland, Oregon. In the Aviation service.
Trained at Santiago, California. Saw service over seas about nine months, testing airplanes and rigging. Aviator - was slightly wounded in service. Captain said such boys as the two above were hard to find, because of their aptness and faithful performance of duty. Has discharge.
Information furnished by his father, Charles Simmons.
[underlined] Odell Saunders. - Co. F., 5th E. T. R.
Trained at Camp Humphries. Did not see oversea service.
[underlined] O. Weddell.- Saw service overseas. Was gassed in France and died at Camp Lee, Virginia. Further record unprocured.
[underlined] Samuel Weddell.- Brother to the above. Killed in battle while in service in France. Body brought home. Further record not procured.
[underlined] Lester Wills. - Saw service overseas. Further record not procured.
[underlined] Rowland Wills. - Died at Camp Lee, Virginia. Further record not procured.
[underlined] Charles Wills. - Brother of above. Saw service overseas. Was on the firing line. Further record not procured.
[underlined] Jesse James McManaway. - Corporal. Headquarters Company, 146 Field Artillery.
In a letter to Maggie McManaway of Bedford County, which was postmarked by the Express Service 10th Jan. 1919, he wrote: "I just received your most welcome and highly appreciated letter this evening. I also received a package of nice candy from a friend of mine down in Texas. It is the first mail I have had for more than two months. I put in more than four months on the front and did not get hurt at all. We were at Chatteau Thiery, St. Mihiel, Verdun, and from there we fought North up the Meuse River to the Argonne. Were near the Argonne when the Armistice was signed. Then we moved back near Verdun and were transferred from the first Army to the third Army. So we are now in Germany about 15 killometers across the Rhine."
In a letter to his father, L.S. McManaway, of Bedford County, about the same time he said: "It has been more than six months since I tried to write, for I have been on the firing line all that time with the Field Artillery. We went to the front the first on July. At Chatteau Thiery, we spent one month there and then we moved to the St. [Miethel?]
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