Letters Home: Berman Deffenbaugh

From the December 13, 1917 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Berman E. Deffenbaugh.

In a recent issue of the Kansas City Journal there appeared the picture of Berman E. Deffenbaugh, with the following reading which is self explanatory:

“Kansas City Young Man Is Armed Guard Aboard American Merchant Ship.

“Aboard one of Uncle Sam’s merchant ships as an armed guard is Berman Eugene Deffenbaugh, a Kansas City young man.  Mr. Deffenbaugh enlisted in the navy and received his training at the Great Lakes Naval station.  He made a good record there, received several promotions and was quickly placed in active service.  He is the son of Mrs. Belle Deffenbaugh, 3921 Wyandotte street.”