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Soldier survives Spanish Flu twice

Posted By Uncle Jimbo • [April 29, 2009]

Larry Shaughnessy is a CNN producer Laughing Wolf and I met at the journalism seminar we went to a while back. He is a good dude, I know I am saying that about a CNN guy but trust me I gave him quite a ration of shite while we were there. He has a great story about his grandfather in WWI and his two bouts with a deadly flu.

Editor's note: With fears of a swine flu pandemic rising daily, CNN Pentagon producer Larry Shaughnessy remembered a batch of letters from his grandfather, a World War I soldier who battled the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919......

Culhane's letters to his older brother Frank and his long-time "chum" Clif Pinter are a young soldier's firsthand account of life as a draftee private and how he coped with a disease that would haunt Army camps around the United States and eventually infect people around the world. Some estimates say as many as 50 million people were killed by what's called the Spanish influenza in 1918 and 1919, far more than the number killed in combat during the war.



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