Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield

ABOUT ME: Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield - I was born on January 21, 1890 to Reuben Edson and Adaline Miles Wakefield (Frost) in Hardwick, Vermont. I was the sixth of seven children. At the age of four, I was sent to live with my maternal aunt, Ida May and her husband Willis Parker. I joined the Vermont National Guard.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

October 1917

In February of 1917 there were 322,000 men serving in the American military.
By October of that year that number had swelled to 1,675,000.
It was six months (October of 1917) before U.S. troops were ready for combat and shipped overseas.

In October 1917, the New York Times tells stories about athletic contests that are being held at Fort Slocum. They include track and field events, bicycle races, and grenade tossing. There were also rifle and bayonet demonstrations. The Fort Slocum military band played at various events in New Rochelle, also.

A New York Times article of October 17, 1917 recorded that various entertainers were going to Fort Slocum to entertain the troops. They included Scottish entertainer, Harry Lauder, opera singer Max Rabinoff and monologist (comedian) Julius Tannen.

Julius Tannen
Sir Harry Lauder

The "October Revolution" begins in Russia.

The War Risk Insurance of October 1917 goes into effect.

No letter from Ervin.

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