The prompt this week for Sepia Saturday has to do with soldiers, farewells and cats. I couldn't find any photographs of cats or soldiers saying farewell to a loved one. But I did find a photo postcard of a soldier with (can you believe it?) a name written on the back. Here is George E. Filek.
Having the name led me first to Google where I found George listed on this page:
WORLD WAR I CASUALTIES OF AMERICAN ARMY OVERSEAS
He was listed as a corporal and wounded. But after searching Ancestry to find out more about him, it seemed he wasn't in the Army at all. He was a Marine. I went to Google Images to see if I could match his uniform and found this. Yes the pockets are the same and the collar. But not the hat.
but then I found this photo. Yes, that's George's hat.
When I blew up George's photo I zeroed in on the insignia:
Further search on Ancestry tells a bit of his story. He was born May 18, 1894. His father was Thomas who was a fireman. Mother, Mary and father were of Bohemian/Austrian ancestry. At 16 he was an office boy for the steam railroad. Later he became the head cattle driver at the Chicago stock yards. They lived at 4808 Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Il. I actually found a picture of their house:
He was drafted sometime in 1917 and did his training at Port Royal, S.C. Then he was sent overseas and this is where we must say farewell to George. He was killed in the battle of Soisson in France along with 95,000 French, 13,000 British and 12,000 of his own countrymen. The Germans suffered 168,000 casualties.
Farewell to all those soldiers who died in battle and those continuing to die.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left. ~Bertrand Russell
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