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Leo Francis Bowman, great uncle, was destroyed by PTSD after serving in WWI

26 Aug

Great uncle Leo, Dad’s uncle, served in WWI. He was a sweet-faced high school kid here:

Fighting in WWI destroyed him. After he came home, every loud noise sent him into a panic, and he would jump up from whereever he was and run into the woods. Eventually he was confined to the VA hospital:

How many young men were destroyed by WWI?

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Census, History, War

 

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One response to “Leo Francis Bowman, great uncle, was destroyed by PTSD after serving in WWI

  1. Jim

    August 27, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I have a great uncle who was also ruined by World War I. Although he servived the war, he was always in ill-health afterwords. The family story goes that he was exposed to a gas attack. I have not been able to find any conculsive evidence to support that story, but he did die at a young age.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

     

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