William Mark McGee was born at Byrds in Brown County, Texas in 1885 to John F. and Mary Ellen Anderson McGee. Mark grew up to be a practicing attorney in Brownwood, and then something called WWI came along.
Like most of Central Texas, Brown County sent many of its sons into the war.
“Aside from those men who went to service voluntarily or through the draft, two voluntary units left the county as organized units. The first of these came as the result of the work of Lieutenant Mark McGee.”*
McGee began recruiting Company E, First Texas Infantry in August of 1917. The men trained at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth and were eventually a part of the Thirty-Sixth Division, serving in France.
*Something About Brown, T.R. Havins