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"...I did not like the army. I never met a soldier who did..."

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John C. Wister, 1919
War: World War I, 1914-1920
Branch: Army
Unit: US Advance Ordnance Depot 4, Jonchery
Service Location: Augusta Arsenal Training School; Jonchery (Haute Marne), France
Rank: First Sergeant
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
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John Caspar Wister, acting First Sergeant of the Advance Ordnance, Depot 4, Haute Marne, France, wrote an unusual book of memoirs from World War I. He was a serviceman who was never at the front, never heard gunfire, never saw an enemy soldier. His detailed reminiscences, however, give us extensive opinions of military life, and strong personal feelings about the possible resurgence of Germany in times to come. A lover of flowers and plants, he had the opportunity to visit England's Kew Gardens during his term of service. His obituary in 1982 noted that he became our country's "Dean of Horticulture."

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