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Catalog Number 1982.83.61a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0061_0001]

[American Y.M.C.A. letterhead] May 9 1918 Dear Ma - : I should have Written to you sooner but I dident feel like it. My eyes were too weak. I am in a field Hospital. I got gased with mustard gas. My mask was allright but I had to take it off as the light rain was falling and it was so dark I fell in the shell holes when we went out after a wounded Leiut. and some other men. My lungs are still sore but I think I will be back with unit in 10 or 12 days The first breath of gas was

[wshaw_0061_0002]

the worst of all It almost took my breath. I couldent see for 2 days. We have the very best doctors. my unit is on one of the most active fronts on the line the german heavy artilery fire is awful espicaly the high explosives They wreck ones nerves. I recd your last letter saying you rec’d my card from Italy. Just Our Band went. we represented the american army. It was a propaganda expedition. The germans continue to launch their attact against the western front but they are only beating themselves they can never get thru. To-day is a nice day the

[whaw_0061_0003]

sun is shining. An old French lady just passed thru camp. I talked to here she is a refuge. she hapened to have come from the same town where I was and she asked about her house on Ru de — which I accidentlely noticed one day while walking down that street. well I told here there wasent any thing left but ruins. she seemed very sorry. you can write Pearl that you heard from me I am not writeing only one letter and that is to you I dont expect to write again for a couple of wks. I must close 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 May 9, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects Letters (Home)
World War I
Gas warfare
Wounds & injuries
War
Refugees
Writing