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Andrew E. Cook, WW1 Vet
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January 1919
Private Richards and Andrew Earl Cook – Mansfield Boy in Front of Red Cross dugout just back of the Trenches in France.  The above picture shows Earl Cook, son of Mrs. N. L. Whittaker, with Private Richards, in front of a Red Cross dugout in France.  The entrance to the dugout is the hole in the wall just back of Earl’s left arm.  It is in these dugouts that the wounded solders were taken and given temporary treatment and later they were removed to the hospitals back of the lines.  It was in a place like this that Earl was gassed a few weeks ago.  In this picture you can get a good view of his gas helmet hanging from his neck in front.  The boys had to carry these this way almost constantly and on the signal of gas attack they were expected to put them on in about six seconds and wear them until the clear signal was given.

Andrew Earl Cook

 Andrew is the son of Mrs. N. L. Whittaker, of Canoe Camp Creek, and he was in Luxemburg when his mother last heard from him. He suffered gas during on of the fights and was in the hospital for some time. He has an interesting letter in another place in the Advertiser this week.

Andrew Earl Cook

 Andrew Earl Cook, son of Mrs. N. L. Whittaker. He is in active service overseas and has already received a slight wound on his knee.  He enlisted early in the war, being one of those adventurous spirits who are always watching for something to turn up and ready to throw their hats into the ring. Earl is a typical soldier, a big, strong, husky chap, with plenty of the the grit that makes the Yankee soldier feared by the Boche. You will notice that Earl has on his tin lid, and is dressed in his fighting togs. He writes to his mother of the many exciting things going on over there, and of many things of interest. You will find his letter on page seven, along with several other letters from boys across the sea.

The following is a letter to Mrs. N. L. Whittaker, from her son, Andrew Earl Cook:
Luxemburg, Nov. 24, 1918
Dear Mother:
 It has been a long time since I have written to you but it has been impossible for me to do so, as we have been so busy lately.  I always write when I can.  Have so many letters to answer I don’t know where to begin, but will only write to you tonight to tell you I am well.  Hope this finds all well at home.
 Well, the war is as good as over, now, as the armistice was signed some time ago.  It sure seems strange not to hear the roar of the guns.  Is is almost impossible to realize it is all over at last.  I suppose every one in the States is glad.  You should have seen the celebrations over here.
 There is no snow, but it is getting quite cold here.  Not so bad, tho’ when we do not have to fight.
The last fighting we did was the hardest.  That was in the Argonne Forest.  Once we got the Germans on the move we kept them going and as soon as the armistice went into effect we started to follow them up as they evacuated France and Alsace-Lorraine.
 We went thru the old battle fields of Verdun and the city of Verdun itself.  It was sure some sight.  All that was left of the forests were old stumps of trees.  The branches were all shot away and they looked like forests of jagged poles.  There were many small villages where nothing was left but small portions of the wall of some buildings.  The rest was a heap of stone and timbers.  The city of Verdun is all smashed up, nothing more than ruins.  The old church steeple is still standing, and some of the other buildings, but they have all been hit by shells.
 From there we journeyed on over more shell torn country, crossing Lorraine and camping near the border of Luxemburg, which is a small province about the size of a county, and which has been neutral all thru the war.  These people seem very industrious and are nearly all Germans, but some are of French descent and speak French.  We are now about six kilometers from the border of Germany proper.  We have hiked all the way on this trip, and we are seeing all kinds of country.
 In some of the towns we passed thru the people had made the Stars and Stripes out of old cloth and had it hanging from their windows, and in one large town in Luxemburg the windows were decorated with President Wilson’s pictures.  I guess that all these people are glad that the war is over.
 Well, it will soon be Thanksgiving Day and I suppose you will have some feast.  Must close for now.
Your loving son, EARL.
Pvt. Andrew E. Cook,
Bat. D, 5th F.A.,
American E. F., France
From Andrew Earl Cook.

The following is a letter written to Ward Austin by Andrew Earl Cook, in France.  Earl is a Cone Camp boy.
  Somewhere in France, Jan. 6, 1918
Mr. W. L Austin
    Mansfield, Penna.
Dear Old Pal;
 I received your letter of December 5th; all O. K. on this date, and believe me I was more than glad to hear from you.  Glad to hear that you are all well.  This leaves me the same.  Yes, I suppose it is real cold overe there by now, anyway.  It is sure cold here and we have about 6 inches of snow to contend with.  I heard about you folks renting the Burley farm and I hope that you may do well.  Everything is turning out just as the Bible says it would.  We only have religious services one a week here now, but one can pray to God and trust in Him if they never had any services.  Yes, Ward, I suppose that young men will be pretty scarce before long if they keep on taking them  But I tell you I think it my duty to stick by the old flag.  For you remember this war is for God as well as for man.  And I think all will be well in the end.  I hope Bill J. stays at home.  Yes, there are lots of fellows from out that country that are here now, I know, But I am proud to say that I was the first one in France.
 Too bad we cannot play basketball this winter, but that must go as it may.  Ward, why don’t you write more often?  I would be very glad if you would.  How are the folks up in Robbins settlement?  I will have to get busy and write to them.  Give my best regards to the minister, Bro. Detwiler, and to Dan Souders also.  Well here’s wishing you and your wife all the good luck in the world.  I must close, hoping to hear from you soon.
       Your old pal,
      Pvt. Andrew E. Cook,
    Bt.. D. 5th F. A., A. E. F., via N. Y.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/15/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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