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Catalog Number 1986.213.54
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1986.213
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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Neuerburg, Germany, January 27, 1919. My Dear I.O. : - Well, I hear your career in the army has at last come to an end. It was too bad that I couldn’t see you over here but I shall certainly be mighty glad to see you “over there” when I get back. I am mighty glad you did not decide to remain in the army. It is

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O.K. for the time being and wonderful experience but nothing doing for a life job. You are doing exactly right in going back to Princeton to finish up. If I get back before next fall, Ithink I shall do the same. I never like to leave a thing half finished if there is a chance left to complete it. We were given a chance to put in for the regular army, or to remain over here for awhile in the army of occupation; or

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full and immediate separation from the service. Most of them put in for full and immediate separation. We put in for this when we were back in Belgium and I had an idea that those who put in for full and immediate would be sent back right away. I wanted to see a little more of Germany since I had come this far so I put in for remaining in the army of occupation. I was wrong, however, for those who put in for full and immediate are just beginning to

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get orders leave. I haven’t any idea when I shall get away, but I suppose sometime this summer. I don’t consider this time lost, however, that I am spending over here. After everything is settled down a bit I believe they will give us a leave to travel about a bit. I would have come over here, any how, sooner or later and I might as well be seeing it now. Well, write me occasionally. Give my best to everyone. I’ll meet you at the dock in Old N.Y. before so very many months. Best of luck. - Burnham.

From the service of James Kellogg Burnham Hockaday, First Lieutenant, 354th Infantry, 89th Division.
Date January 27, 1919
Year Range from 1919
Year Range to 1919
People Hockaday, James Kellogg Burnham
Subjects World War I
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