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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

George Becker

GEORGE BECKER, the son of Mrs. Sophie Becker, of Lost Nation, Iowa, was born April 12th, 1889. He was employed on the C. M. & St. P. Railroad as fireman for some time and often made this city his
headquarters. It is for this reason that we rather lay a claim to him as one of our soldier boys, although he is rightly honored in the same manner at Lost Nation, his home. His desire to do something for his country prompted him to enlist, and as the navy was more to his liking, it was to a navy recruiting station that he expressed his desire to enlist as a fireman. He was accepted and sent to New York, where he was assigned to the U. S. S. Huron, as a fireman, later being transferred to the position of first class engineer. His ability along mechanical lines soon won for him another promotion, it being to the position of first class machinist. Recently George was home on a furlough, having injured his ankle slightly, and at that time he advised us that he had made nine trips across the ocean, an experience that few men from this community can relate. He enjoys the life in the navy, although at times it is very monotonous, and he will be glad to return home now that the war is over. The father of this young man died about eight years ago, but the mother lives at Lost Nation and will welcome her son home.

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