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Catalog Number 2002.69.20
Object Name Correspondence
Accession number 2002.69
Description A copy of a letter from the Commanding officers of the 18 Prov. Squadron Aviation Camp Waco, Texas, to Mrs. Emma Mooney in San Martine, California dated January 22, 1918.

The subject is the death of her son and reads:
1.Confirming wire of January 21, 1918, sent you direct from Base Hospital, recruit Arthur N. Mooney, of the 18th Squadron, Prov. Regiment, Aviation Camp Waco, Texas, died of Lobar Pneumonia at 11:00 A.M. on January 21st, 1918. A detailed report will be sent you later.
2.Recruit Mooney was transferred to this camp from Kelly Field, Texas and arrived here about 10:00 A.M. on December 30, 1917, and was assigned to this Squadron. The first intimation of his sickness was when just before I had him sent to the Hospital, he was in my office one day to see me and while there, fainted. I sent him later to the Infirmary and from there he was sent to the Base Hospital. Reports of his condition have been sent you each day, as per copies in my files.
2.Application by his legal representatives for his personal papers, trinkets, arrears of pay, proceeds of sale of effects (if any) and any money or pay to which the soldier's estate is entitled, if it is decided by the War Department that his death was in line of duty and through no fault of misconduct of his own should be made direct to the Auditor of the War Department, Washington, D.C.
3.The death of your son, his being the first and only which has occurred in this command, it has been extremely distressing to me and has cast a gloom over the entire squadron all of whom, including myself, send our sympathy and condolence in the sorrow you are called upon to bear.
Recruit Mooney was with this Squadron only a short time before going to hospital, but was here long enough for the officers to form the opinion he was an excellent soldier, and his record on file of services at other stations, verifies our opinion.
In looking over a diary of his a few minutes ago, I read with much pleasure a note he had made on one day, in part as follows: "Here, the officers are very kind, and my meals are very good."
While, of course, in your heart there will be sadness, you cannot help but feel proud that he died in an endeavor to serve his country in a worthy cause, and the Government, as well as every individual American suffers a distinct sorrow and loss with you.
Recruit Mooney had taken out $10000 Government insurance in your favor. This fact I am calling to the attention of the War Department today, and they will advise you further in the matter. A copy of his insurance application I am enclosing you,

Bears the typed signature of W.M. Matthews, Captain Inf. R.C. Commanding 18th Prov. Squadron.

From the World War One service of 1st Lt. then Cpt. Eldon F. Fuller, U.S. Army Infantry, R.C.; assigned to 18th Recruitment Squadron, 2nd Provisional Training Regiment, Aviation Camp, Waco, TX; 24th Co., 6th Trn. Bn., 162nd Depot Bde., 87th Div., Camp Pike, AR; Provost Guard, Military Police Co., Camp Bowie, TX; Casual Camp 2, Personnel Demobilization Center, Camp Bowie, TX.
Date Janurary 22, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
Subjects Pneumonia
Search Terms Camp MacArthur, Waco, Texas
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