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Catalog Number 1982.83.29
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0029_0001]

[18th Infantry, Company K] Douglas Arizona 4/28/17 Dear Ma - : I Recd your letter from Rader’s studio I attended to Langstons horn. I am well and like it fine we have ben drilling pretty steady except the last two days. We had what they call a Arizona rain storm there was no rain but a hell of a wind and dust storm. We couldent drill on acct. of the dust. we are still in quarentine will get out next Monday I May be transfered into the band. I dont care very much as these poor fellows have to get out in the wind and sun and play for the troops to drill. It is awful hard on the musicians I may wait untill I get away from this post then get in the band I dont see why any one should kick against going in the army it is a fine

[wshaw_0029_0002]

[Page 3] All well. I never felt better in my life If any troops go to France next fall the 18th will probaly be one of the first to go. then there will be a little danger of getting killed, but I dont think we will ever go over there the scenery is fine down here When the Wind dont blow very hard the sun is very hot but there is generaly a good Breeze. You have to clean your rifle consantly as the dust collects on it and the Officers wont have that I belive this is a very healthy Climate coal cost $12 per ton everything in porportion it takes about as long to come across the state of Texas as to come from [St. Louis] down there Well I must close dont bother your head about me because I can take care of myself. Your Loving Son Walter

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 April 28, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
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