|From Mansfield Advertiser Scrapbook
Gordon F. Bailey – The following is a letter recently received by
Robert E. Urell:
Camp Perry, Feb. 2, 1919
Mr. Robert Urell:
Hello, Mr. Urell, how is everything in Mansfield? I am back at
Great Lakes again; greatest naval training station in the world and the
nearest to home, of any place I have been yet. I was on the battleship
Kentucky. We were near Brest, France. I was sent here to be
mustered out, but the possibilities are I won’t be out until spring.
We would be released faster if there was work on the outside, which there
will be soon.
We gave some good times here, shows come up from Chicago; the Y.M.C.A.
is great, and the K. of C. furnishes much amusement. We have a large
library and get from 12 to 36 hours liberty a week. Racine, Kenosha,
are just across the line in Wisconsin. Waukegan, Chicago, Evanston,
Lake Forest and Milwaukee are very near, so we have plenty of places to
I guess I have had a little military training: 19th Cav., Ft. Ethan
Allen, Vt.; 77th Field Artillery, Camp Shelby, Miss, and Camp Greene, N.C.
and the Navy, and I am more than pleased to have had such a benefit in
life; something every young fellow should have.
Well, I have written enough for this time; hope this letter finds your
well. I remain, sincerely yours.
Gordon F. Bailey
Co. F. 4th Reg.
Camp Perry, Great Lakes, Ill.
-W. S. S.-
(Note Gordon's middle initial was incorrect in this article)