Carbondales Wimmer saw the worst of World War I |

Carbondales Wimmer saw the worst of World War I

Frontier DiaryWilla SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Photo Courtesy Frontier Historical SocietyPvt. Ray Wimmer was just one of the approximately 4.7 million American soldiers like those above, serving during World War I. More than 100,000 American troops died during the war. When Ray Wimmer returned home, he married his sweetheart, Lena Wilson, and settled into a quiet life as a rural mail carrier near Carbondale.

During the summer of 1918, Ray Wimmer left his home in Carbondale, destined for service with the American military in Europe. He left behind family and friends. However, most of all, he left behind his sweetheart, Lena Wilson.Attached to Ambulance Corps 349 in France, Pvt. Wimmer, a cook with the corps, wrote frequently to Lena, relating what he could of the sights and sounds of World War I. From France on Oct. 18, 1918, he wrote the following:Lena Dearest, Recd a nice letter from you today. The one of Sept. thirteenth. You were very nice to me in that letter werent you? Thank you very much.What do you think of the war situation now? I guess we have them on the run, havent we? We dont need an armistice to make the Germans evacuate the invaded territory. Of course it would be very nice if it could end now but it cant be done. Just have patience and it will be over before long.Lena, weve seen the dreadful part of this war. That is the privilege a man in the medical corps has. On the other hand, we are doing the greatest work we can ever hope to do. We are now where perhaps one little act saves a human life. I havent seen any men wounded or shot down but its just as sad to see that stretcher go by with a white sheet over it. Id love to see peace come immediately. Then too a man cant die doing anything more honorable and we are all willing to make the sacrifice if it comes to that.Fortunately, Ray Wimmer did return from the war, and in 1920 he and Lena were married.Frontier Diary is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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