From  The Concordia Empire, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1919:

CORP. JOHN V. BROUILLETTE – Letter from His Captain Tells of His Action, Death and Burial – Hdqs. Co. G, 30th Inf., American E. F., U.S.A.P.O. 7410,
Note: the 30th Infantry was part of the 3rd Infantry Division

Jan. 6th, 1919.
Mrs. D. H. Gordon,
Concordia, Kansas

Dear Madam,

Your letter of Dec. 11th, received this morning and I shall answer at once. Your brother, Cpl. John Victor Brouillette was wounded on the night of October 10th, 1918, in front of Madeline Farm [see photo in replies] about two kilometers from Cunel. He was carried to a hospital that night.

His company, Co. G. 30th Infantry suffered a loss of about 30 men that night and it is impossible to obtain any information now as to how he was wounded. His wounds were reported as not serious. I have been unable to find out definitely what hospital he was taken to, but most of the wounded from that section were taken to Mobile hospital 2, and then to Evacuation No. 6. I feel certain he was taken to Evacuation Hospital No. 6. As his death occurred in hospital, he was buried with Military honors in the vicinity of the hospital.

I regret that I am unable to give you information in regard to your brother’s death, but were he my brother, I could not gather more details. He was a good soldier in the eyes of those who knew him and could be depended upon the limit. He fought through the second battle of the Marne; the advance at Le Charmel; engagement at Vesle River, during the great American drive at St. Mihiel; and was fighting in the Argonne Forest at the time he as wounded.

Should any further information in regards to your brother be obtainable later, I shall gladly furnish you with same; first because the members of his family are entitled to know; and second, that the deeds of such men should never be forgotten by all America. In accord with your wishes, I have turned over the Christmas box (which was received on the same mail with your letter) to Sergeant Rosseton, who perhaps knew him better than any one else.

Jas. R. Sheppard, Jr.,
Capt. 30th Inf., Comdg. Co. G.

A letter received the same day from the Graves Registration Dept. A.E.F. stated that Victor was buried at the “American Battle Area Cemetery” of Les Islettes, Meuse, France.

John Victor Brouillette was a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Brouillette of Scottsville, Kansas. He lived there with his parents at the time of his enlistment. He went with the first draft contingent from Mitchell County on Sept. 19th, 1917 and was stationed at Camp Funston with the All Kansas Co. A, 30th Infantry. With this company on March 1st, 1918 he was transferred to Camp Merritt, New Jersey with Co. G, 30th Infantry. With this company he sailed to France on April 1st, 1918. The above letter tells all their parents know of him after this time. He died on October 14, 1918. John Brouillette was twenty five years old at the time of his death and would have been twenty six had he lived until the 10th of December, 1918.

You can read about another Kansan at the Second Battle of the Marne here:

The grave marker photograph is from the American Battle Monuments Commission.


James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.