Biographical Information - Burt County Veterans
of WW I
Brokaw, Charles W./Vernon
Oct. 18, 1918
CHARLIE BROKAW MISSING
Somewhere in France
Aug. 30, 1918
Mrs. W. R. Brokaw,
Rt. 2. Craig, Neb.
Will try again to write a
few lines once again. Suppose you think it is quite a while
between letters, but I've been waiting on you too for nearly
two months now. Am back with the Company again but have
received but one letter since your letter of July 13th, and
that was from George. He wrote that he was now on this side
and gave me his new address, as follows: Co. F, 127th., A.
E. F., via New York, A. P. O. 734. If he and Kenneth had
stayed together, he would have been in my company. Kenneth
is here now. I was never more surprised in my life when I
got home from the hospital and found Kenneth right in the
company. I was sure glad to see him. He looks well and says
that army life agreed with him and George.
Well, I suppose you folks
are at the picnic at Tekamah again this year. You are having
a fine day for it if it is like it is here. Suppose you
folks are getting ready to sow the wheat now. Hope the
ground is in better condition this year than it was last
year at this time.
Guess I'll have to close
for this time, as I want to write to George also. Am looking
for a letter from someone back home now. All the mail I got
while in the hospital was sent to me here. Am sorry I can't
tell you anything about Lee. I suppose you must have heard
that he was missing. Must close for this time.
Hoping to hear from you
soon, I am as ever,
Corp. Chas. W. Brokaw
Oct. 18, 1918
Mrs. W. R. Brokaw,
Rt. 2, Craig, Neb.
Deeply regret to inform you
that Corporal Charles Vernon Brokaw, Infantry is officially
reported as missing in action since Sept. 15th. Will report
first information received.
Harris, Acting the Adjt Gen'l
Nov. 11, 1918
Charlie Brokaw Found
Washington, D. C., Oct. 5, '18
W. R. Brokaw, Craig, Neb.
Corporal Charles Vernon
Brokaw, Co. 4 officially reported prisoner at Rastatt, Baden
W. R. Castle, Jr.
Director Red Cross
Feb. 6, 1919
The W. R. Brokaw family had a welcome visitor last Sunday
in the person of Arnold Anderson, of near Lyons, who was
accompanied by Jess Slack, of Bertha. Anderson was at Camp
Greene with Charlie Brokaw, and was with him in France at
Chateau Thierry when Charlie was shell shocked and Anderson
received a bad wound in his elbow. The last time Anderson
saw Charlie he was confronted by four burly Huns and not
until he reached the states did Anderson learn that Charlie
was not killed at that time.
Feb. 6, 1919
Mrs. W. R. Brokaw received
a card today, written Dec. 6th, from her son Charlie, saying
that he had been released from the German prison and was
alright. He was in Switzerland which the card was written
and expects to be went home soon.
Thursday, May 16, 1918
Died For Human Freedom
It is reported that Charley
Neary who used to live west of Lyons was recently shot on
the battlefield in France. He was several times wounded but
every time he was able to leave the hospital he would again
join his regiment, although given his discharge. He was
surely a brave soldier and died fighting for the cause of
Thursday September 5, 1918
Chas. Neary Still Alive
Good tidings have been
received from the battle front in France that Chas. Neary,
who was reported as killed in battle is still alive and
recently killed 28 of the kaiser's dirty dogs as they were
charging upon him. He has been wounded a number of times and
given up to die, but he survived the ordeal and is again in
the front ranks fighting for human liberty.
Thursday November 28, 1918
Chas. Neary Receives a Medal
Chas Neary, who was wounded
several times on the battlefields of France and reported
among the killed wrote a letter to his mother, Mrs. Mary
Neary of West Point, dated Oct. 12, 1918, from which we take
the following extracts:
" I am still O K after the
most severe fighting we have had so far, in which we took
over 2000 huns, besides the large number killed. In this
intense fighting I had a number of close shaves and
miraculous escapes from the jaws of death-a cigarette shot
out of my mouth, my rifle smashed to pieces, my equipment
cut in a number of places and a number of pieces of sharpnel
lodged in my ammunition pouch, but the huns could simply not
O, by the way you may be
pleased to know that I have been awarded the military medal
and if anything happens to me before the end of this war, it
will be sent to you by his Magisty, sic the King.
Serg. C. A. Neary
54th Bat. British Ex.
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