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PVC 1CL Joe Warren Barlow
144th Infantry, 36th Division WWI
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THE MABANK BANNER ~ Thursday November 02, 1918 ~ Texas
On Wednesday of last week A. J. Barlow recieved the sad news of the death of his son, Joe W. Barlow. The official announcement stated that his death was from wounds received in battle.
Another Mabank boy has answered the summons from the field of honor.
Honor to his memory!
Joe Barlow heard his country's call and volunteered for service on the 11 of June last year, a very short time after war was declared. He was assigned to company K, 144th Infantry. After a short period on the Mexican border, he was trained for overseas duty. We are not informed as yet when he received his wounds, but his death occurred on the 15th of October.
Had he lived until the 5th of this month, he would have been 20 years of age. He was born in Louisiana, but was practically reared in this community.
He is survived by his father and mother, three sisters and seven brothers. Two of his brothers are also in the service of their country, being in training at the naval station at San Diego, California.
To the bereaved relatives of the dead hero we offer our sympathy, and join the community in reverencing his supreme sacrifice.
This letter from Joe's Captain was published in the:
THE MABANK BANNER ~ March 13, 1919
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Barlow Mabank, Texas
I wanted to write you before this but due to the campaign that we were in and the constant moving about, it has not been possible for me to do so, however: all during this time, I have felt for you in the great loss you have sustained in the heroic death of your son. Really the death of your noble son was keenly felt by myself, the officers and men of the company, and those of us that came in contact with him in the daily performance of his duties as a good soldier, learned to admire his manly and soldierly qualities.
It was October 14th, 1918 that he was severely wounded while we were advancing under a heavy barrage, he was sent to the hospital, and I was notified of his death.
I am sure it must thrill your heart with pride, even in the hour of your deep bereavement, to know that your son was one among many of the gallant heroes, who gave his life for his country in this noble cause. To realize that his death has been a severe blow to you, as it is to his officers and comrades, and I feel that no words of mine can assuage the pain you feel but with my expression of condolence and sympathy, permit me to utter the prayer, that God grant you to bear this great loss.
Paul H. Albright. Captain, U.S.A.
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