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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Cheyenne County Man Drafted to WWI, Misses Action and Spanish Flu


In the early part of the 20th century, John Lingwall was a young man more concerned with the horses and cattle on the family farm than global politics.

That all changed when he received his draft notice and quickly became one of the many Nebraskans called into military service supporting World War I.

He was sent to Camp Funston in Kansas. Camp Funston was a U.S. Army training camp on Fort Riley southwest of Manhattan, Kan. The camp was named for Brigadier Gen. Frederick Funston who died in 1917. Camp Funston was one of 16 training camps established at the outbreak of World War I. Constructi...

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