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Catalog Number 1982.83.41a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0041_0001]

Sept 12 – 17 Dear Ma - : Just rec’d your letter of [August] 21. I am sorry you dident hear from me I shurly Wrote a lot of letters you dident get. suppose they either got lost or dident pass the censor. The boys name you mentioned did write home if his folks dident hear from him it is not his fault he is well as I saw

[wshaw_0041_0002]

him about two days ago we played at the place where his Co. is stationed about 3 K.M. from where we are we play all standard overtures. and opera selections also the latest rag hits. The later is liked best by most of the soldier I think. I am in the best of health play a concert every evening have a splendid band. I heard from Flo Kenton she told me about the new minster. To day is cloudy and chilly. We have lots of rain. I can understand French pretty well you shurly will get some of my letters I cant see Why you dident hear when Pearl did I also got a letter from her she is having trouble With her glases. I have a helmet steel looks like a turtle summers must be fat. keep her practiseing lots. No I dont play any violin guess I

[wshaw_0041_0003]

never will any more. I am writing in haste. I hope this reaches you I have to practise some scales. Can execute pretty fast on the clar. We are playing the Norma Overture to-night Write Often I write once a wk. so if you dont hear it isent my fault. I am Your Loving Son Walter same address [censor signature written in bottom margin]

From the service of Private Walter G. Shaw, 18th Infantry Band, 1st Division. With band tour of Italy 2-3/18. Gassed at Cantigny 5/4/18. Died at No. Charpentry in the Argonne.
Date September 12, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Music
Military life
Mail