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Catalog Number 2005.35.7m
Object Name Postcard, Inscribed
Accession number 2005.35
Description On the back of the postcard there is a handwritten message Inscribed postcard sent from William "Billie" Letts to Miss Beartha Smith of St. Joseph, Missouri. Colored print on front depicts a changing of the guard at night at the U.S. Naval Station in Great Lakes, IL. Soldiers march on a bridge with light posts and trees on either side. Caption: "Relieving Post at Night, U.S. Naval / Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill. 159".

Message on back of postcard, transcribed: "This is one of the gaurd [sic] post I have stood. You see the boys in the picture; well there is one a going on an [sic] another coming off. / Billie Letts."

14 x 9 cm.

From the service of William E. Letts, Coxswain U.S. Navy. Letts enlisted April 1, 1916, trained at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, served aboard the U.S.S. Wyoming, and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1920.
Date n.d.
People Letts, William E. "Billie"
Subjects World War I
Postcards
Military camps
Military training
Military life
Guards
Search Terms Great Lakes Naval Training Station