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Catalog Number 1996.51.136CP
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
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Private J.E. Henschel. Prov. Co. A. American Mission M.T.D., Am.E.F- Convois Autos- Par B.C.M. June 16/1918- Dear Mother and Dad- School has not commenced yet, so we are having the rare privilege of a sort of vacation for a few days. In the meanwhile there are "roofing parties" during which we scatter tar paper in strange fashion over the barracks. This is really quite enjoyable - for it gives the opportunity to register a kick at working as well as the fun of walking on the top of a roof. This will not be for long and we shall all be glad when the course itself does open - and work commences in earnest. We are far enough away from the fighting to be able to forget it pretty completely; it seems much like the first week or two fo college. Situated in a medium sized town, about the first Americans to be located here - everything is ideal. I spent today on a shopping tour - buying ink and pencils and erasers and not-books. Wish that I had my large pen now. I even have the two loose-leaf note-books that I used at Missouri. (They were among the few things salvaged in the past month from the wreckage) - quite like old times. Had a letter form Fred Shields - now a corporal - the other day. It seemed that up to the time he had written that he had not taken part in the big scrap - and so of course was considerably down-hearted.


What are Ramsey's and Harvey's addresses? I want to get in touch with them both as soon as they get over. I wrote Ramsey a short note sometime ago, but have not heard from him at all; the chances are pretty fair that he did not get it for I have not had a very complete idea as to where to write. Expect they are both on this side by now. While asking information - if you know or hear of the where abouts of one Walter Flory or of W. Goswnell Tomlinson (supposed to be Annapolis) please communicate. I will now burden you with a whole lot of nothing simply to fill up pages. Save "well and most happy" there is nothing to say. Love, as always- Ned. Say good morning to Mrs. Balling for me.

From the service of James E. (Ned) Henschel, Co. B Reserve Mallet--French Army, American Field Service, Quartermaster Corps, General Hdgts., and Motor Transport Co. 831.
Date June 16, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
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Military education