Albert M. Gitchell, Spanish flu’s first victim

    Albert M. Gitchell was assured his place in history when on Monday, March 11, 1918, the 28-year-old Army private reported to the infirmary at Camp Funston at Fort Riley in Kansas.
    No one knew it at the time, but this was the beginning of a pandemic that would eventually claim the lives of at least 50 million worldwide, including 650,000 in America. Later that year, this most deadly of all flus became known as the Spanish flu.

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