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World War I, Comanche County, Kansas

The Western Star, November 1, 1918.

From Our Soldiers and Sailors:


Last week Bob King of this city received two letters from his son, Donnie, who is still in a hospital in France, or was when he wrote last. We make the following quotations from the letters:

September 17, 1918

Dear Father,

Well, here I am again trying to write you a few lines to let you know that I am all O.K. I have the bullet out of my lung now. They took it out over a week ago, and I am up and around now. Am feeling fine. Surely hope you are as well. I had a letter written ready to mail you, but they decided to operate on me, so I waited until now so that I could tell you how I came out. They said I cursed like a man six feet high, but you know it must have been a joke, for you know I never swear unless I get sore. Ha, ha. And I wasn't a bit mad that morning, for I had carried that thing long enough.

Well, pap, write and let me know what you are doing. I am a bit weak yet, so will quit for this time and write again as soon as I get stronger. So good bye.

With best wishes from your son,
Pvt. N. D. KING,
Co. F., 165th Inf., A. E. F.

October 5, 1918
Dear Father,
Well, here I am again trying to write you a few lines to let you know that all is well so far. I hope you are the same. I have been telling the boys that I have a father 71 years old who can dirty their back, and they look at me as though they thought I was lying. Ha, ha. I received your registered letter dated June 16 this morning, and I received one dated later that was not registered, so there is no use in it, I guess.

Say, Pap, did you ever receive the money I sent you - $13.75. You have never said anything about it. If you did, let me know so that I won't have to hunt it up.

Well, I am still in the hospital, doing kitchen police here now. Am feeling very good, but had an awful cold and haven't gotten over it yet, but I will be all right soon. I am now in France, so if anyone wants to write to me you can give them my address.

Well, Pap, I don't know any more to write this time, so will close.

As ever, your son,
N. D. King.

A few days after Mr. King received the above letters he learned through a telegram to his son, Frank, of Buffalo, Okla., from the War Department in Washington that Donnie had returned to the trenches and that he had received another wound which appeared to be serious. Donnie surely is having his share of hospital experience in France.

Also see:

Letter from Donnie King, August 23, 1918, written before being wounded in battle in France..

Letter from Don King, published 04 Oct 1918.

Don & Helen (Roehr) KING (Biographies)
Surnames: Booth, King, Reed & Roehr.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above news article!

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