David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 11 August 1918
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I have been so busy tho that I've hardly had time to think of him. Soon after we got back to the Station a Lieut. came up to me and asked that I go with him to his train in order to be able to testify that one of our men was drunk. It seems that the Lieut. heard some shouting soon after leaving a station & on looking out the window of his compartment saw one of our men firing off his pistol. He ran up to his car & had him arrested; but he couldn't find anyone who knew anything about the affair and the offender claimed that he was not drunk. When I appeared the man was standing out on the station platform under guard, and was doing his level best to appear perfectly sober. Well, to make a long story short, he admitted that he was drunk, claiming that it was his first offence since joining the Army & begging to be let off easy. Of course that is something I had nothing to do with, as it is up to the Lieut. & his Company Commander to decide on what should be done. My leaving APO 712 got me out of two disagreeable jobs. One was the Gen. Courtsmartial of which I had just been appointed a member, & the other was a case of desertion in my company. The deserter was apprehended & returned to camp about two weeks before I left but charges have not yet been preferred, as it is necessary first to collect all evidence possible. He was treated at three hospitals for shell shock & gas absorption. I had traced his history thru two hospitals but had