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This is my maternal grandfather, Seth Wroten Johnson. He was in the 36th Infantry Division, the 131st Machine Gun Battalion. That division consisted mostly of Texas National Guard and Oklahoma draftees. He was on a crew that operated a Browning 1917A1 .30 caliber water-cooled machine gun. The 36th departed July of 1918 for France. It's difficult to imagine the culture shock he experienced leaving a tiny town (Doxie) in SW Oklahoma and being thrust into a global war thousands of miles away. I suspect this image was taken at Camp Bowie sometime in late 1917 or early 1918 in Fort Worth.