A flu unlike any others
As the men of Fort Riley’s Camp Funston in Kansas finished breakfast, they talked about The Great War raging in Europe and wondered when America would join the fight.
Meanwhile, a company cook, Private Albert Gitchell, had taken ill with flu-like symptoms. Arriving at the infirmary, doctors quickly made the decision to put him in the quarantine tent. This, they thought, would keep the disease from spreading. Soon after, Corporal Lee Drake arrived with similar symptoms. By noon, more than 100 soldiers had fallen sick. So much for a quarantine.