WWI at Home Pt 33
Guy Donald Holt of Four Lakes was inducted into the Army at Lincoln County November 5, 1917 and sent to Camp Lewis for basic training. He left New York for France on November 12th. In his notes he wrote, “ Started for France and about six days out to sea on November 18, it come a storm and the sea got rough, and the boys got sick, and the storm lasted for three days.” Guy Holt landed at Saint Nazaire, where companies of the 20th Engineers improved the harbor. In his notes, Guy wrote, “..the 17 Engineers worked on a dam, they moved considerable lot of dirt, half of the regiment run wheel barrows.” During his service in France, Holt was hit with mustard gas. He suffered from the damaging effects of that terrible weapon for the rest of his life.
Ralph Yeaman of Cheney was a 1911 graduate of Cheney High School. He acquired his teaching certificate from the Normal School and was teaching manual arts at Ritzville when he was inducted into the Army at Cheney on September 6, 1917 at age 27. Corporal Yeaman was sent to France with the 361st Infantry Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade of the 91st Division. He returned to the states on April 2, 1919.