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

Martin E. Petersen

MARTIN E. PETERSEN, another son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Petersen, was a member of the contingent that left this city August 27th, of this year, and from Anamosa, where he first reported, was sent to Camp Funston,
Kansas. He was assigned to the 19th Co., 164 Depot Brigade, and was busily engaged with the work of training to become one of Uncle Sam’s fighting men, when he was stricken with the dread disease, Spanish Influenza, which later developed into pneumonia. Considerable anxiety was felt by the relatives in regard to his condition, but he slowly recovered, but not sufficient to take much of a part in the camp activities. The fact that the armistice was signed before he had sufficiently recovered prevented his being moved to any eastern camp. We regret very much that we are unable to furnish a photo of the mother, who we know cannot help but be proud of her two boys who answered their country’s call so willingly.

UPDATE: Martin Petersen has been mustered out of the service at Camp Funston, Kansas, and returned to his home December 11th. He was well pleased with the army life, but nevertheless was glad to be able to return home.

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