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 World War 1 - May 1919

 Return of a Xenia Soldier - Joseph Wheeler Dean

Extracted from Southern Illinois Record, May 15, 1919

Jos. W. Dean, a returned oversea soldier boy,  stopped in Flora last Wednesday, May 7, for a few hours on his way to Xenia from a Chicago Hospital. Jos. W. Dean is a son of James. M. Dean, a veteran of the civil war, now spending the evening of a well-spent life at the old home in Xenia. Joe was gassed in the Argonne Forest fight, which gave him a six months’ “parole” in the hospitals of France and the United States before he could be pronounced well and receive his discharge.

The following is the young soldier’s enlisted record, and the record of his division, the 130th:

Enlisted July 2, 1917, at Olney and assigned to Co. “L”, which later became a part of the 130th Infantry. Company arrived in France May 24, 1918. Promoted to corporal June 6, 1918. Engagements of command: Amiens (with Austrians) July 21 to Aug. 18; Verdun sector, Sept. 9 to Oct. 17. Prisoners captured by the 130th: 65 officers and 3,932 men; guns captured 93 pieces of artillery and 414 machine guns. Sent to French Hospital  Oct. 14, 1918, and transferred to American Hospital in Chicago, - 1919.

And the following in his discharge certificate:

Joseph W. Dean, 1384778, Private Co. “L”, 130th Infty., honorably discharged from military service of the United States, April 25, 1919. Joseph W. Dean was born in Xenia, in the state of Illinois. When enlisted was 18 years of age; by occupation  a mechanic.

Given under my hand at General Hospital 32, Chicago, Ill., this 25th day April, 1919.


Lt. Co. Med. Corps

The names of Dean’s comrades of Co. “L”, who volunteered from this county and helped to form the fighting unit so honored in military records, were: James R. Blair, Victor A. Cleveland, Archie Green, O. H. Hord, Robt. Abel, Albert Briggies, Luther Winchester, Marion Petty, Ollie Woods, Lloyd McCulley, Chester Green, Bryan Cauddle, John Landerback, Carl Montgomery, Elmer Mitchell, Harry Higginson, Everett Lee, Jesse Holloway, Roy Simms, Everett Beard, Ray Steele, Joe Tully, Robert Hubble, Harve Dunnigan.

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