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Catalog Number 1996.51.136DF
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
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Private J.E. Henschel. Motor Transport Corps- School #1 (APO 772) Am. Ex. Forces. Decize France- October 8th 1918. Dear Elizabeth- Don't you think I would make a fine school teacher? That's just what I am now. Teaching officers a lot about convoys that they don't want to know, and soldiers a lot they do, is my job now for the rest of the war. There is one thing nice though, perhaps sometime I may be sent back to the States to teach there. That would be fine - wouldn't it? (You see - I am such a wise fellow, and know so much - that they figure I am a lot more use back here than taking part in the war as a soldier. Perhaps they are right - who knows?) I have two letters from you - dated August 4th and 20th. Very sweet letters, both of them - showing that I libelled my sister when I said she did not write to me. I thought surely you would get all "E's" your first years - but they say over here "C'est la guerre which means - "it's all right, anyhow". Can't remember that my average nearly as that. Why don't you take French?

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Suppose that you and Mary are both great big girls now - going to parties and all that. If ever I by some strange chance fall into the good graces of the high and mighties who give out commissions, I will be a little wealthier and send you both the scarves I admired so much in Paris. Just a trifle past my pocket-book at present - but some time perhaps. This is short - but it's late. A good-night hug and kiss and lots of love. 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 October 6, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
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