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

Thomas J. Nolan

THOMAS J. NOLAN, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nolan, was born on a farm near Wyoming February 14, 1893, having reached his 25th birthday last February. He came to this city with his parents about eight years ago and resided here until five years ago when he went to Waukon, this state, where he has since lived with the exception of a few months spent in the Dakotas and Canada. He was called into the colors in the draft of February 24th this year, and together with eighty other young men left Waukon for Camp Dodge. Here he was placed in Co. E. 351 Infantry, and where he remained one month. He was then sent to Camp Upton, Long Island, N. Y., and transferred to the 39th
Regular Engineers. His stay at this camp was also brief, and just before starting on the oversea voyage he was again transferred, this time to the 304th Field Artillery, in which department he has since been. He landed in France on the 24th of April after a delightful trip across the Atlantic. He first saw action on July 13th, and has been in some of the heaviest fighting in the Chateau Thierry and St. Mihiel sectors. On October 24th he received a gold chevron on the sleeve, denoting six months in active service. His work with his division in France has been that of firing one of the big guns, which in itself is evidence that he has been under some of the heavy shelling by the enemy. During the months that he has spent in the army, both in this country and overseas, he has been contented with even the most severe hardships and in letters to his mother, who anxiously awaits his return, says that he enjoys the life as one of Uncle Samís soldiers. He has seen a great deal of country and also real service on the battlefields.

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