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Catalog Number 1982.83.50a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:


[American Y.M.C.A. letterhead] Nov 26 1917 Dear Ma - : Rec’d your letter of [October] 17 I am well have all the equipment you asked about. I am not surprised that E.J. letters are marked Out by the censor he has such Vivid thoughts. I think the lecturer was mistaken when he told of the women being sent into the camps, I have seen no such thing The Doctors are careful of the men’s health they are physicaly inspected once a wk. I took $5000.00 govt. life insurance out in behalf of you. I am worth more dead than alive mabe. well I just returned from the front and I know anybody stands a chance of being injured I will admit I was afraid


of the shells I was never used to such music before our Band played at the salvation army Hut last night had service by the Chaplin and a talk by [General Duncan]. The Band Played the fllowing march El-captian (sousa) Paragraph III Overture (von Suppe) Hall of Fame selection (Safrenick) Hail to the Chief Onward Christians soldiers and near My God to The. The salvation army have a lady With them they have books candies Ect. for the soldiers when they are off duty. The Y.M.C.A. have the same I got the socks from Pearl but did not wash them I dont do any more of that than I have to. Do you think we would be able to have warm water? I should say not. I sent Kimball’s the ballance and Int. due them I Want to know how many lessons somers has taken. we had little snow last night but melted as soon as it fell


[American Y.M.C.A. letterhead] we are of course having rain nearly every day I cant say I am much impressed by the beauty Of the French girls the ones in the big Cities are O.K. but the Peasant girls are not very pretty or smart either but they can shurely work they quit school when 13 years of age. As a whole I dont think they are as progressive as U.S. girls. I think the French girls are the best Workers. Well I must close. I got a whole lot of mail that was delayed. I sent a picture of our Band and another dont know whether it went through or not. Meat is about the same price here. I am your loveing son [censor signature] P.S. I heard from Stanley also E.J. he is about 110 miles from me so he says I dont know where he is

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 November 26, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Songs & music
Military life