Saturday, August 05, 2006

1918 message for O.W. Davis of Milford

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A card from a soldier very likely on his way to France to fight in World War I. This old postcard was mailed from Fort Dix Branch, Trenton New Jersey on May 9, 1918. It was sent by A. V. Foster, 309th F.A. (Field Artillery) Battery C. Foster mailed the card to Mr. O.W. Davis in Milford Delaware to inform him of his new address.

Over 9 Million soldiers died in Battles in what was known at the time as the Great War. The soldiers that returned had experienced a war like no other war before and they became known as the Lost Generation. In a final irony, the Great Influenza, the pandemic of 1918 killed more people than were killed during all of World War I. A.V. Foster was a member of this Lost Generation who mailed this postcard just as the first wave of the flu was striking military camps thoughout the United States.

Milford's connection to the Great War survives to this day. The Volunteer Fire Company was named in honor of Paris T. Carlisle, a Milford resident born in 1893 and killed in action in France on October 6, 1918. I wonder if Mr. Foster survived the war and the flu.

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