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Gordon L. Bailey, WW1 Vet
Bradford County PA
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Tioga County PA
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  1.  Gordon Leslie1 Bailey, son of Charles Fremont Bailey and Nettie Smith*, (#61210) was born in Mansfield, Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 12 JUN 1900.   Birth book transcription give 21 as date of month. Individual flags: WW1.  Gordon died at sea 27 JUN 1919 at age 19.  His body was interred JUN 1919 in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

 Gordon was in the U.S. Navy. Chester Bailey photo label indicates death in 1918 at sea. Jeanette BAILEY Rose work gives death at 27 JUN 1919 (1919 date confirmed)

Camp Farrogut, Sept 21, 1918.

M. Robert Urell
Dear Sir:

I am writing you to let you know I like the navy.  This is some life, quite like army, and very fascinating.  I just missed the draft.  We get up at five and take a shower bath and lash our hammocks, then comes calisthenics.  After chow we ky-yi the deck and then drill When we pulled in G.L. everyone yelled “You’ll like it!” and I do.  I have had three more shots or inoculations, which makes twenty in all.  I think myself safe from disease.  I am feeling fine at present, but we are in detention.  I get out the 28th.  I had a slight touch of Spanish influenza or grippe.  Some of the fellows died; it turned into pneumonia.  I will have to stop now because all hands assembly on deck in fifteen minutes.  Please give my congratuations to the Red Cross for the kindness to us fellows.  Hoping to hear from you, I remain, a Mansfield boy,

Barrocks 934 . S Co. 541
Camp Farragut,
Great Lakes, Illinois.

From Mansfield Advertiser Scrapbook

Gordon F. Bailey – The following is a letter recently received by Robert E. Urell: 
Camp Perry, Feb. 2, 1919
Mr. Robert Urell:
Hello, Mr. Urell, how is everything in Mansfield?  I am back at Great Lakes again; greatest naval training station in the world and the nearest to home, of any place I have been yet.  I was on the battleship Kentucky.  We were near Brest, France.  I was sent here to be mustered out, but the possibilities are I won’t be out until spring.  We would be released faster if there was work on the outside, which there will be soon. 
We gave some good times here, shows come up from Chicago; the Y.M.C.A. is great, and the K. of C. furnishes much amusement.  We have a large library and get from 12 to 36 hours liberty a week.  Racine, Kenosha, are just across the line in Wisconsin.  Waukegan, Chicago, Evanston, Lake Forest and Milwaukee are very near, so we have plenty of places to go.
I guess I have had a little military training: 19th Cav., Ft. Ethan Allen, Vt.; 77th Field Artillery, Camp Shelby, Miss, and Camp Greene, N.C. and the Navy, and I am more than pleased to have had such a benefit in life; something every young fellow should have.
Well, I have written enough for this time; hope this letter finds your well.  I remain, sincerely yours.
Gordon F. Bailey
Co. F. 4th Reg.
Camp Perry, Great Lakes, Ill.
-W. S. S.-
(Note Gordon's middle initial was incorrect in this article)

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11/05/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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