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Catalog Number 1996.51.136BO
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Accession number 1996.51
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Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission- Motor Transport A.E.F. Reserve Mallet- France- November 11/1917- Dearest Father and Mother- I chanced to meet one of the boys who came over in our unit but did not enlist and he gave me a letter from Mother dated October tenth - much to my surprise and pleasure. Also he informed me that my [Kansas City] Stars were being enjoyed immensely. Newspapers, it would seem, are not forwarded; hence I have not received a copy - yet. However, it is good to know that some one enjoying them. What do you think of this [ms illegible: 1 wd] stationery? It is the best that I could get hold of in this place, in spite of the envelope, so you must stand it until it is gone.


The Y.M.C.A. has established itself at this place - opened last night with a "movey". You should have been there. memories of one-reelers! You can believe that it was enjoyed by all of us. Even "Poilu". our shaggy [ms illegible: 3 wds] sat up on a seat by himself and seemed to take the keenest interest - barked and growled at quite the proper moments. As for us - we cheered at the sight of a [ms illegible: 1 wd] or dress suit and howled frantically when a good-looking girl was on the screen. We are mighty glad the "Y" is with us. Among its attractions are a rather limitted library and a Victrola (which of course - badly overworked). Also it has bathing facilities. I can not tell any news. The censorship is very strict and every


letter is censored. However, we are permitted more letters per month now - as you know. Once again, I wish to acknowledge receipt of tobacco and money order. (In case all of my past four letters fail delivery). And now something that I have been thinking for quite a while. You know - whenever I see the men coming back from the line - all worn out - or going up - knowing just what is ahead of them - it makes me feel just a bit uncomfortable. This business of relieving the "aged and decrepit" to do our little job up front isn't exactly pleasant - for after all - it is the job of us young fellows - if we are perfectly healthy and able bodied. Mind - I'm not feeling unduly patriotic - just "duly" so - and a little small. It was all right. I guess - to do this sort of thing (our work)


before we got into the war - but there are too many who would be satisfied with just that and nothing more. What would you say to my transferring to the infantry? I know just what it would mean - and of course it would have to be as a private - but I think I could be doing a little more by so doing. In my mind - it is only a question of whether the time for training would be lost. What do you folks think? At that - though - I might not pass the physical - so this may be all a "pipe-dream". Will do nothing until I hear from you. My thoughts and love are always at home no matter where I may be. (This is letter number eleven since I started numbering them) Ned.

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 November 11, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
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Military occupations