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Colie L. Jenkins, WW1 Vet
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Colie L. Jenkins
 Colie L. Jenkins, son of Mr. And Mrs. Solon Jenkins, of Rutland, was wounded July 20, 1918, while fighting in France.  The casualty lists name him among the severely wounded.  He enlisted in October, 1916, was assigned to the 28th Infantry, and went to France in June, 1917.   We published a letter telling of his being wounded last week.

Colie Jenkins,
 Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Jenkins, of Rutland, Township, tells of the battle in which he was wounded, and many other things relating to it.

Somewhere in France, Nov., 1918.
Dear Father:
Owing to a little illness which I am in no way responsible for, I want you to overlook my irregular correspondence to you of late; but if you knew the state of affairs over here sometimes, I am sure you would forgive me for what you at present term carelessness.
But now they have eliminated a number of restrictions that previously rendered it almost impossible to write an interesting letter, I am going to take advantage of this opportunity and tell you all I know and inform you where I have been and what I have been doing during my year and a half in active service, and I am sure nobody in the United States has any more official information than I at present.  So, I will start at the beginning, so here goes,  Dear Father, for an interesting five minutes.
We landed in France June 26, 1917, and entered the advance zone October 20, 1917.  Since that time we have been always under the observation of Fritzie, with intervals of hostile experiences, but our first real clash happened May 28 at 6:45 on Tuesday morning, at Cantigy, a little French village at that time in the hands of the 71st German Division, know as… (section of newspaper clipping missing) ….meters from the French village of Baumont; upon my arrival they remained there four days.  They then went toward the advance lines.  After reaching them they were halted for about 30 or 35 minutes to receive instructions, then taking up positions waited five hours, during the period of the barrage.
At the end of five hours in the positions mentioned, the barrage was lifted, and the command given to go over the top.  We had previously been instructed that the objective was 20 kilometers or 14 miles.  If I was afforded the space and time, dear father, I would give you the details of this battle, but time and material are rendering it necessary for me to conclude, rather hastily, but in an after letter, which will follow this immediately, I will endeavor to define in carefully selected dates, the biography of all my experiences.
I have enclosed here an item taken from the New York Herald, it will give an idea of our executive ability as soldiers, but my ambition now is to return to you and mother.
Hoping to receive an early reply from you, I remain your loving and obedient son.
Corp. Colie L. Jenkins.
Co. C, 28 U.S. Infantry.
-W. S. S. –

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/16/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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