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Catalog Number 1996.51.136CU
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Accession number 1996.51
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J.E. Henschel. Prov. Co. "A." American Mission M.T.D., Am. E.F. Convois Autos Par B.C.M. July 14th 1918- Dearest Mother- The French "4th" has just about ended - and as did the American - finds me writing a letter home. I have read somewhere that one ought not to write letters at night for then he never says what he should and always puts down a lot that would never stand sober daylight. It's a case of "now or never" - so pardon the "shouldn't" and imagine the "should". A big pile of mail caught up with me - including letters from you and Dad (including the Albuquerque one as latest) Marian W- and one from Harvey. Marian has been a very faithful correspondant. Also - 41 copies of the Star. I am enclosing Harvey's letter - although I suppose that by now you heard from him directly. You see - he is enjoying the saxophone (even if perhaps his friends may not). I wrote him today and am enclosing the letters from home. Don't suppose that he will get his own letters regularly for a time yet. Hope that he can stay at Limoges for from all I can hear - it is a mighty nice place. There may be a chance for me to see either Harvey or Ramsey which would be fine; I certainly intend to try my "durndest". The hardest thing is to find out where one is over here. For


example - "H" Clay - I'd give a lot to see him - and if I could only let him know where I would be sometime - he could very easily get over - for the air force get frequent leaves. They have it coming - if anyone has. Glad Phil made the Presidio. Good for him! I hope he comes out a full-fledged Colonel. He should be warned while there is time to run if he hears M.T.D. The "Colonel" reminds me - You mentioned requests. Excellent. Am enclosing a request signed (I trust) by the highest commanding officer with whom I can ever get in touch. You see, being more or less separated, as we are, from the Americans, we have no such being as a regimental commander. Except on paydays, the highest we ever see is a 2nd lieutenant, and they pay master is but a captain. Except for the head of the transport service who is located at - well - considerably out of reach - we have no high officers. It's sad but true. Therefore - I am now reconciled to receiving no packages from home, unless I can make some arrangement with friend Nina is not only a civilian, but a might good friend as well. She sent me a big package of chocolate the other day. A note come from Fred Shields a time ago. Thanks for the address. Can you or Dad tell me "Ken" Gedneys address. I really must close, as it is very late. Love as always- Ned. Give my love to Aunt Kate and Uncle Henry.

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 July 14, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Military leadership