I love gossipy newspapers! The Dodge City newspapers not only provide information about recruitment and service in France, but also the discharge of brothers, Leon and Marion Crawford.
The 20 Mar 1919 issue of The Dodge City Daily Globe begins telling their story.
Leon Crawford has been sent over from France for final discharge according to word received here by his parents. He is now at Camp Stuart, Virginia.“Local News,” The Dodge City Kansas Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 20 March 1919, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 16 August 2021).
Additional information about Leon Crawford is found in the 10 April 1919 issue.
Leon Crawford after over a year in overseas duty in the First Anti-Aircraft battalion, has received his final discharge and returned to his home in Dodge City. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Crawford of 511 avenue G, and will remain in Dodge City. His brother, Marion Crawford is still in Germany, a member of the army of occupation. Leon Crawford was in several of the severe engagements on the western front but escaped without injury.“Local News,” The Dodge City Kansas Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 April 1919, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 16 August 2021).
Then the 14 August 1919 issue of the Globe details the arrival home of Marion Crawford.
Three More Boys Arrive
Marion Crawford, Homer, Sharp and Cecil Campbell, members of the Fourth division of the regular army, recently returned home after having been discharged from Camp Grant. They all enlisted in 1917 and have been overseas for several months. They served with the army of occupation in Germany, and previous to the signing of the armistice they saw much hard fighting in some of the severest engagements of the war. Mr. Campbell returned a day or two before the others, having returned as a casual.“Three More Boys Arrive,” The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 August 1919, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 16 August 2021).