Jack Niles Goes off to War


in I Wonder as I Wander

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125978
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135564 | DOI:
Jack Niles Goes off to War

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On April 6, 1917, US Congress confirmed President Wilson's Declaration of War, then after one month John Jacob Niles became a cadet in the US Army. In the same month and year, Niles married his first wife, Roberta Voorhies, and they only enjoyed their married life for a few days, because he left for the army in May. When Niles was released from service in the army, his wife died on October 18, 1919 because of the “Spanish” influenza. Niles and Voorhies spent just two months of their married life together. After the death of his wife, Niles boarded the interurban train moving to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. The fort was crowded with 12,000 soldiers, who were trained for three months. Niles applied and was accepted to the Army Signal Corps.

Keywords: marriage; army; Fort Harrison; death; cadet

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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