The years 1917 and 1918 were some of the most difficult years in the history of America. War was raging in Europe and America was now being drug into the conflict. A draft was instituted to supply troops to the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Military training bases like Camp Dodge, Iowa were being hastily built to train and house the 4.8 million men that would eventually serve. All of this turmoil and movement of troops and people caused a killer much worse than all the guns, bombs and poisonous gas to be unleashed on a population that was ill prepared for such a catastrophe. The events of the time would forever change the lives of the Chambers family.
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About the Author
Mike Flinn is an amateur historian and writer from Adel, Dallas County, Iowa. His hobby, for the last several years, has been researching and writing about local history. His first book, "Most Exciting Day" told the true story of the 1895 robbery of the Adel State Bank. He has also written "To Talk of Many Things" a collection of family history and stories of the local area, "A Soldier's Bounty" a Civil War novel, and "The Silent Cannons" a sequel to "A Soldier's Bounty." He is retired and lives with his wife, Dana, in the old family farmhouse in rural Adel, Iowa.