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Nines Simmons

Submitted by: Karen Nix {Granddaughter}

Nines SimmonsNines Simmons served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Nines was drafted in 1918. He was a dentist in Harvey ND., and was selected because he was used to the cold winters. He was sent to Archangel, Russia as a lieutenant and was involved in leading the companies in battle there as well as taking care of dental issues, working in the hospital, carrying the wounded off the battlefield and administering care while getting them to the hospital. This unit was called the Polar Bears.

They were unable to leave Russia when the armistice was called and endured the harsh winter with 60 degree temperatures until June when the rivers thawed enough to get the ships through the rivers to pick them up and take them home.

While stranded there, they endured many hardships and ended up fighting for their lives in the Russian civil war.

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