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George G. Peck Lived on 267 Essex Street in Hackensack. 

The first letter which was in the Evening Record on July 14, 1917 tells of George getting a commission as 2nd Lieutenant. 

The second letter which was printed in the Evening Record on May 18, 1918, is a lengthy letter he sent home to his Mom and Dad on Essex Street in Hackensack telling them of life on the war front in France. 

George Peck tells of the dangers he faced just walking to the front and then when he was in charge of the ammunition.  He tells in detail how a shell blew up and a piece of shrapnel ripped through his cheek and it blew up his teeth.  The article is sometimes hard to read because of the old copy, but so worth the effort to understand life at the front during
World War I. 

The Last article on February 4, 1919 talks of an operation George is undergoing for a gunshot wound to the face.  I do not know if it is a second injury or just a continuation of his medical struggles with the original injury talked about in the May 18, 1918 article.  After reading the May 18, 1918 article one would think he is still dealing with those injuries and never made it back to the fighting considering the extent of the injuries he describes in the article.  

Let us never forget the soldiers sacrifice.

Written by
Bob Meli
June 12, 2011


Background image of World War I Dugouts on Roadside in France taken from:

http://www.past-to-present.com/photos.cfm?reference=B13613