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Catalog Number 1982.83.20
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
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[Page 1] Sketch – Musician : Walter Gray Shaw son of John C. and Lizzette W. Shaw was born on a farm near Bonner Springs [Kansas] Jan 13 – 1896. He attended the rural home school also the school in Bonner Springs : He was a fine violin player and expected to study in Europe after the war Early in [April] 1917 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the [18th Infantry] Band. Was trained at Douglas [Arizona] Sailed for France June 10th with [General John J. Pershing's] 1st Division Letters from France told little about the discomforts of Trench and Field always cheerful – and sometimes he said Folks this is a great War “If you don’t weaken”


[Page 2] In [February] 1918 the [18th Infantry] Band together with the Bands of the Allied Nations toured Italy on a Propaganda tour visiting the principal cities, But were back in France when the March Offensive began. In [April] 1918 he was gassed while bringing in a wounded Lieutenant, but recoverd and was back on duty [October] 2 : he was killed in the Argonne Meuse : at Charpentry. it was a night bombardment a shell killed him and wounded 6 of his Comrades His body is buried in the National Cemetary at Romange [Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial] his Paternal Grand father and three uncles were veterans of the Civil War.

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.
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People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
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Death & burial
Military service