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This sepia colored postcard shows William Lewis Davis from Winchester, Kansas. Davis enlisted in the Kansas National Guard on June 11, 1917 at Oskaloosa, Kansas. He was one of the first soldiers in the Kansas National Guard to die, on August 7, 1918, from injuries suffered in the trenches of the Vosges Mountains in Alsace, France. As part of a federal program that enabled families to repatriate the remains of their fallen soldiers, Davis was brought back from France, on June 5, 1921, to Winchester for burial. His funeral was depicted by high school friend and Regionalist painter John Steuart Curry in the painting "The Return of Private Davis from Argonne".

Date: Between 1910 and 1918

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Item Number: 213588
Call Number: World War I. Kansas Soliders Coll. #49.12, Folder Davis, William Lewis
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213588

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