Training for The Great War in North Dakota, Cpl Buda prepared for a life and death struggle against his own family serving in the enemy armies of the Hapsburgs. In early November, Cpl Buda and his unit were ordered to ship out to the French front, but they never left Camp. The War to End All Wars ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Granpa was saved from the horrors of war, but he was not spared tragedy. His first wife and twins boys died during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic.
These are Granpa's army buddies. Their ranks, names, and nicknames were typed on the back of the photo.
Top row from left to right.
Sgt Russel Koons, Original; Cpl Jack Kennedy, Bad Eye; Cpl Fred Pieper, Sleepy; Sgt John Atkinson, Grand Pa; Sgt Edward Ochs, Hard Shell; Cpl Clarence Tracht, Wonder; Sgt George Brenner, Wonder.
From left to right 2nd row.
Sgt Otis Christmas, Doppie; Sgt Alfred Hoffman, Dr. Pest; Cpl Henry Ude, The Mascot; Cpl Sidney Thorpe, Silence; Cpl Steve Buda, Beautie.
[From left to right front row.]
Cpl Julius Paprockski, Smilie; Cpl Dan Goodrich, Killumdead; Pvt Fames Greco, Bad-Guy; Cpl Louis Patkk, Noisie.
This looks like the bunch the morning after the night before.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.