Joseph Shires

Submitted by: Don Wright {Great Nephew}

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Joseph Shires served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


My great uncle was a sergeant E-5 during the war. He was exposed to mustard gas during a German shelling and was thought to be dead, lying in a shell hole. A French nurse managed to drag him from the shell hole to safety. Joe later went on to join the Pa. State Police. I have photos of him in uniform as well as a letter he wrote to his sister from France. He suffered from a loss of smell and respiratory illnesses during the remainder of his life. He passed away in a V.A hospital in the early 50's. He proudly volunteered to serve and did so with pride.