Gertrude was ready to quit the stage when Buzz entered the military. Buzz wanted to go to France, and he had heard that artillery service was the ticket to get there. His goal was to be a commissioned officer. He got his wish and was sent by ship to France. It was a couple of months into his howitzer training that Buzz was awarded his commission. Overseas letters to his mother were delivered with regularity, and she responded in kind. The news of his commission was proudly acknowledged. In her correspondence, he learned of his mother's burgeoning film career. After a time, wanderlust or boredom, or both, made Buzz itchy for new surroundings. Buzz was arrested and placed under guard for being AWOL. Buzz planned his own reuniting when he obtained approval from his superior. By the time of her son's disembarkation, Gertrude had been retired from the stage for almost two years.
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