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Letter, J. W. Gray, Jr. to Navy Recruiter, January 20, 1920

This is the (barely) surviving letter that shows Jackie Gray’s desire to be a Marine. It’s a path that would unfortunately lead to his tragic and premature death some two months later in basic training.

Wells’ General Store
T. C. Wells, Proprieter
Homer G. Wells, Manager
Mt. Vista, Tennessee

Shipping Point:
  Paris, Tenn.

Post Office: Buchanan, Tenn., R. 4
or Springville, Tenn., [...]