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Judson W. Dennis
Sergeant, Company L, 119th Infantry
American Expeditionary Forces
March 18, 1892 ~ October 17, 1918

"Well I guess you are reading now about the great drive just made on the Western Front..." Judson Dennis, France Oct .4 1918


October 4, 1918 France

Dear Brother-

I have written you several times and can't hear from you. I have rec'd only one letter from you since I have been in France and that has been two months ago. Why don't you write me? You do not know how anxious I am to hear from you, Minnie and the kids. I would very near give my life could I only see the dear little Hazel and Helen.

Well I guess you are reading now about the great drive just made on the Western Front. It will prove the greatest historical event ever pulled off in this world's wide war. It will mark the turning point of the war- we remember we were the first little American lads to ever plant our feet in the great Hindenburg Line that I'm sure you have read so much about. It is the strongest line on the front. We went over the top and fought like tigers and put those Huns on the run and captured them by thousands. I don't think it will be long now until we Sammies will be coming home with a victory won. How is every thing at home now? I wish you would write me a long letter and tell me all the news. I'm sending you a souveneir in this letter that I took from a German I captured myself. It is some kind of their money. Show it to the friends and tell them where you got it.

Tom, have you ever disposed of my tobacco yet and how is Old Annie? Or have you sold her yet or not?

Write and tell me all. Well, I will have to go, so write me at once and tell me all the news. Give my best regards to all my friends and tell them I'm doing my bit in this great war. Listen- give J. H. Smith my kindest regards and tell him I will write him sometime and tell him all about this European country and how a soldier kid lives in France. I like France much better than I do the country Belgium.

Ans. soon. Your loving brother, Sgt. Judson W. Dennis

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Judson W. Dennis was a 24 year old farm boy from Model, Tennessee in Stewart County. He was an unmarried farmer and raised tobacco on land he shared with his brother, Tom. From his letters home, we know that he owned a mare, Old Annie, of which he was very fond. We also know he had many friends and was very fond of his brother Tom and wife Minnie's two little girls, Hazel and Helen. Judson corresponded with his mother Minnie Dunlap Murphy of Granite City, IL and his brother, Thomas Milton Dennis of Tip Top, TN from the time of his departure from Tennessee in Sept. 1917 for Camp Sevier in Greenville, S.C. until days before his death in France in 1918.

Following, in chronicological order are those letters, transcribed by his great-niece, Jan Dennis Philpot. Because of the materials with which he sometimes had to write, as well as creases in the paper, it is sometime difficult to make out all he is saying. In these few cases, a ? appears where this is unclear. Following his letters is a transcription of the telegraph informing Tom of his brother's death, as well as a letter from a soldier friend of Jud's who was with him at his death.

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