Experiences of the war that most impressed the ex-service men and women
of Sioux City were called for on a questionnaire mailed to each member
of Monahan Post. The blanks returned to the historian contain some of
the most thrilling stories of the war as related by men and women, some
of whom were in action, some who did not cross the seas, and by some
who crossed the seas, yet did not go over the top.
The personal experiences which are copied on the following pages are
from those received in response to the request of Monahan Post. They
are copied exactly as written except for the full names of the various
writers. The presence of only the initials of the contributors is
deemed necessary because of a feeling of regret that exists among some
of those who were not in action. Therefore, no person will have been
glorified by his or her activities as published here with. It will be
noted that some of the contributions are brief and rightfully has claim
to space in such a work as this.
One may gather pathos and comedy from the offerings, but to read the
words of those who cared to pay tribute to their homeland and to their
associates in the World War is reading well worth the serious attention
of men of this day and of time to come.