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Name Henschel, James (Ned) Edward

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Image of 1996.51.136CZ - Letter

1996.51.136CZ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0074_0001 August 25th, 1918. Mother Dearest: The third edition. A thousand apologies, but this letter home is not only long delayed, but for a time it seemed that it never would be completed. Day before yesterday I destroyed two half written letters to you, of the 16th and 18th, and indited quite a masterpiece - then proceeded to lose it while rousting out a guard detail. Which is really quite a help (the process of losing). Hence, tonight, by courtesy of the lieutenant, I am occupying the sacred seat and writing in the only legible way I know how. Three letters from you, a booklet forwarded by Dad, letters from Berthold and Ramsey -

Image of 1996.51.136DN - Letter

1996.51.136DN - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0088_0001 Answered With the American Army in France [October] 9th 1918. Dear Brother, Rec'd your letter, if it may called such, yesterday and am answering if today so you see how prompt I am. I may also state that it is the first and not the seventh I have received from you, so you see I have a right to reverse the question - "How about it?" Have been [ms illegible: 1 wd] a little bit of action lately and many also say so far I have some out unscathed. Orville McClanahan sat down in a "Mustard" Has shell hole and got a few big yellow blisters which make it a little inconvenient for him when he sits down but he is not in the hospital. Do

Image of 1996.51.136EE - Letter

1996.51.136EE - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0105_0001 Lt. J.E. Henschel. Motor Section, Advance P.C., G.H.Q., A.P.O. 930 A.E.F. February 4th, 1919. Dear Folks: A whole enormous pile of letters came in for me this noon, and I felt that I ought to acknowledge those from home, even if I did not have time to write very m much. There were three letters from Mother, two from boys who have returned to the States, one - very unusual - from friend Seth, and three, no five, from people in France. No so bad, eh? The rest of the people around here were all envious. One of these letters was from Mr. Hoopes, who had received my address, and probably Ramsey's and Harvey's, from Dad. Also, he

Image of 1996.51.136DO - Letter

1996.51.136DO - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0089_0001 2nd Lt. J.E. Henschel, M.T.C., M.T.C. School #1, A.P.O. 772, Am. Ex. Forces Decize (Nievre), France. November 15th, 1918. Dear Butch: How do you know when you start a letter whether it will be any good or not? You must not "cuss" your letters when starting them; it's bad enough to do so at the close, but at the beginning - well you mustn't do it. Personally, I found your letter very good and pleasant and enjoyed it very much, so you see you must have been mistaken. (It came last night, that of October 4th.) Much obliged; come again, and if it isn't any worse next time, I'll be pleased. Things went along rather funny for a w

Image of 1996.51.136DP - Letter

1996.51.136DP - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0090_0001 2nd Lt. J.E. Henschel M.T.C.- M.T.C. School #1- A.P.O. 722 - A - Decize (Nievre) France- Amer. Ex. Forces- November 17th/1918- Dearest Mother- A lad came down here - on business - from the Reserve - and made me quite homesick, if one can be "home-sick" for such a thing. They are moving right along, carrying only good these days. Running convoys into Belgium! and our far dist hopes used to be Laon - or rashly, Cambrai. I'd give a lot to be back again - even though at one time it seemed as though we did not see such a great deal. After jhenschel_0090_0002 being here, and listening to people complain of hardships - and so on

Image of 1996.51.136FH - Letter

1996.51.136FH - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0126_0001 Camp Merritt, New Jersey. August 12th, 1919 Dearest Folks in the World: Everybody's happy. My boys are all glad, I'm glad - the whole camp is cheerful. I think that even the few left on the other side must be glad too, for they know that it can't be long until they are all back again. Motor Transport Company 831, meaning my crew of lusty safe blowers and myself, landed at Hoboken from the good ship Imperator on August 10th. I sent a telegram to you all, courtesy of the Salvation Army (whom I am more and more convinced know just just what to give away.) as soon as I landed, and until now have not had time to write. Say, but i

Image of 1996.51.136DQ - Letter

1996.51.136DQ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0091_0001 November 24th/1918- Dear old Dad- Not so very old - but old means dear - and it isn't at all wrong to say it twice. A long time ago - I make my own a bit of verse that I've never forgotten. Don't know what it's a part of nor who wrote it (sounds like Longfellow) but I like to remember it when thinking of my father. It seems to jhenschel_0091_0002 fit so well. "Who through long days of labour - And nights devoid of ease - Still heard in his soul the music Of wonderful melodies." Don't you know Dad - it's because you've seemed like that, that there is some special significance and deeper meaning to a "Father's Letter"? An

Image of 1996.51.136AW - Letter

1996.51.136AW - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhesnchel_0018_0001 "Near the front"- July 25, 1917- Dear Father and Mother I received a letter from home with numerous enclosures dated the 24th of June, and needless to say, was more than pleased do so. The clippings were interesting. The Sunday in New York I spent as follows: the morning walking through Central Park and going to church, and the afternoon bathing af Far Rockaway beach. So I suppose Father won. Although we spent a few extra days in New York, the time was pretty well taken up. Two or three wealthy relatives of some of the boys helped to give us pleasant evenings so that we saw a couple of shows and had suppers at some of the sh

Image of 1996.51.136BN - Letter

1996.51.136BN - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0036_0001 Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission- Motor Transport A.E.F. Reserve Mallet- France- October 13/1917- Dearest Mother- This is to be perhaps the last letter that I am allowed to write this month - so don't feel uneasy because you do not hear from me as regularly as before. From now on we are permitted to send but two letters a month - and those must not exceed two pages in length. It seems pretty hard - but if it makes the American army more effective - I suppose that we should not complain. The news that took a big part of the joy from life was gently broken to us upon our return to camp yesterday noon. Perhaps the regulati

Image of 1996.51.136A - Letter

1996.51.136A - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: July 14, 1917 Captain E. E. Major, Columbia, Mo. Dear Captain: On June 21st, 1917 my wife forwarded to you the equipment which you had demanded returned from my son James Edward Henschel before granting him an honorable discharge and you doubtless have received the same by this time. You of course know that our son has arrived in France with the University of Missouri Unit and will do active service there and that his request for a discharge from the militia was not due to his wanting to shirk or get away from serving his county. I would appreciate it greatly if you would forward an honorable discharge for our son to me by return mail. If this has

Image of 1996.51.136BK - Letter

1996.51.136BK - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0033_0001 no. 2 October 1/1917 Dearest Mother- Your letter came in the mail last night and I am hurrying to answer. You must forgive me if this is disjointed - for I am pretty tired. Things have moved pretty rapidly around here of late and there have been a good many changes - for better or worse is beyond me. For six days successively my car went on convoy without a let up - the trips ranging from two of about twenty hours to four which kept us on the road more than twelve. So you can see - Mother - I have not had much time to write. We hear rumours of a big offensive in the very near future - and from the way we have been working I have

Image of 1996.51.136BL - Letter

1996.51.136BL - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0034_0001 3 Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission- Motor Transport A.E.F., Reserve Mallet- France- October 6/1917- Dearest Mother- My new address is at the top of this page. There seems to be a prescribed form which we must follow from now on - or at least so we have been told. As we have been moved - it will probably be some time before mail gets to coming in with any degree of regularity. None the less - today is a red letter day - for a lad joined us from the other camp bringing a letter from you and the Star containing Brumbach's letter. This is the first time a paper has come through for me. No packages yet. I am writing this l

Image of 1996.51.136AE - Letter

1996.51.136AE - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: 768 I8NYP 9 I225 AM WF NEW YORK [August 10 II I9 L HENSCHEL 3236 EUCLID AVE [Kansas City, Missouri] LIEUT HENSCHEL ARRIVED CAMP MERRITT WELL WRITING SOON SOME HAPPY SALVATION ARMY 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.

Image of 1996.51.136AF - Letter

1996.51.136AF - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: The United States of America honors the memory of James E. Henschel This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless conservation to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States. Lyndon B. Johnson President of the United States 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.

Image of 1996.51.136AQ - Letter

1996.51.136AQ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: A Bord de Rochambeau le 2 de July, 1917 - Dearest Mother- I started writing you a letter on ship stationary, but it runed out entirely too bulky to mail as a letter, and the stationary ran out anyway so I shall try again on my note paper. Do hope that you can manage to read this fine scrawl. To go back - You know our date of sailing from my last letter from New York. For a number of days the sea remained as calm and level as a billiard table. Save for one boy (who has not yet lasted a full meal at table) there had been no trouble with "mal de mer" (?) up to some two or three days ago. Then a little wind came up, and a few feet of water, the boat rol

Image of 1996.51.136AT - Letter

1996.51.136AT - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: "Somewhere in France" July 8/1917 - Dear Folks: We are at our training school at last. Still our trip has been without any unnecessary delay thus far. We arrived a Bordeaux the 4th at 6:00 P.M. (or as we have to figure it now, 18:00) without having had any undue excitement. There is still some question as to whether our "submarine" was a whale or no: it seems to be the general consensus of opinion that it actually was a submarine. Our reception in Bordeaux was quite gratifying; it pleased us very much. Whenever one sees a French flag, there is an American flag. It seems fine, and makes one feel good. The French spirit is wonderful. You people

Image of 1996.51.136AU - Letter

1996.51.136AU - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: July 19, 1917- Dearest Mother- [ms illegible: 1 wd] at last - our training; the rumor is that we leave for the front tomorrow for active service. This is probably true, as we have had all of the regular preliminary training finishing up yesterday with the night drive. On this we started out at one in the afternoon, and drove for twelve hours. After dark we drove part of the time with and part without lights. It was interesting work and good training, for I understand that the greater part of our driving will be at night. If lights are permitted I personally would rather drive then at day. I have not heard from home yet save the letter which you fo

Image of 1996.51.136AV - Letter

1996.51.136AV - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0017_0001 July 22/1917- Dearest Mother- I am writing this on the road waiting for my camion to be excepted - so you must pardon any dirt on the paper, any more than usual chirography or that sort of thing. This morning's trip was the least exciting of my thus far - and most of our work certainly lacks excitement. We were ordered to the nearest loading park (a horrible mixture of the French "parc" and our "park" - the blackest of black negros filled the camions with rock to repair roads, and now we are leaving the load quite near our camp. This is the first time that we have arrived anything not either munitions or trench materials. I

Image of 1996.51.136FI - Letter

1996.51.136FI - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0127_0001 4.5.21. My Dear Sir! You will excuse me that I only thank you to day for your lines from [December]. I was absent for two months and when returned home I did not feel well for several weeks. I hope you will understand what I mean to tell you in spite of many faults in expression and spelling. Very often I spoke of you to my friends and I was almost ashamed to add: I never heard from him since his departure. Your nice Christmas greeting gave me therefore great pleasure and I thank you very much for your kind words. To be sure, I shal never forget that young "Herr Leutenant" who intruded in my home and you may tell " to your d

Image of 1996.51.136AX - Letter

1996.51.136AX - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0019_0001 August 8/1917 Dear "Butch"- Your letter arrived O.K. I was glad to note you enjoyed [your] trip. I wish I had you here to crank up my truck and carry gasoline. The boy with whom I drive is too small to crank it - so I have all that to do myself. You should see the big guns - all painted queer colors - so that they can not be seen. Even whole trains are painted this same way. They have little railroads the size of this one at Electric Park to carry shells and powder down by gasoline and electric engines. Keep Mother's garden going well. Love, Ned. From the service of James E. (Ned) Henschel, Co. B Reserve Mallet--French A