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

"Well, the time has come for us to bid our friends and loved ones goodbye for a while..." Judson Dennis, South Carolina 28 Apr. 1918


Sunday, April 28, 1918 Camp Sevier Greenville, S.C.

Dear Bro.-

I received your letter a few days past. Was indeed glad to hear from you and to hear Minnie was improving. I do hope she will get in good health. Well, the time has come for us to bid our friends and loved ones goodbye for a while. We will sail in a few days for that country unknown to us soldier boys. We went in quarantine last night at 12:00 so you know what that means. We are ready for the fray. Waiting and longing for the time to come for us to see sunny France. We want to see the front and go over the top and take those barbarious Huns the most cruelest in this world. Oh my God, how can a man stand back and know how those cruel things are treating the poor women and little children.

The girls and good ladies of Greenville gave the soldier boys a reception at all the dancing halls in Greenville last night for the farewell goodbyes. They certainly have been nice and good to us during our stay here in camp and we shall never, never forget them.

Well, Tom in regard to my things. I don't know yet what to say about my mare. I would like to keep her if I could but I will tell you later what to do with her. And about you borrowing my money, you can get it. You just give me your note and put it on deposit at the bank. I would not ask you to give me your note but just to show you would owe me in case either of us should die. So I will send in this a check for $100 you said you could use now, though if you don't need it now and can wait until I get my money from the company, I will let you have it all. But if you need it just go ahead and get it. I think we will get our pay about next Wednesday. Someone was telling me today my bonds will be due in July. I can get face value on them just as soon as we get them. I have been thinking I will take two more bonds. We will not need any money when we get over there. Well, I will have to close. I will write you again soon. Tell Hazel and Helen I will write to them. Give my best regards to all.

Your Brother,

Corp. Judson W. Dennis

Address Unknown (so don't write until you hear from me again)

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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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