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Name Henschel, James (Ned) Edward

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1996.51.136CH - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0056_0001 American Expeditionary Forces Field Service Post Card The Address only to be written on this side. If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed. Emmet Russell- 47 Wendell St. , Cambridge- [Massachusetts]- U.S.A. jhenschel_0056_0002 NOTHING is to be written on this side except the data and signature of the sender. Sentences not required may be erased. IF ANYTHING IS ADDED THE POST CARD WILL BE DESTROYED. I am quite well. I have received your letter dated parcel " Letter follows at first opportunity. Signature only J.E.H. Date April 2/1918- (Postage must be prepaid on any letter or post card addressed to the

Image of 1996.51.136CI - Letter

1996.51.136CI - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0057_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. American Mission. Prov. Co. "A". MTD. A.E.F., Convois Autos. Par B.C.M., France- April 8/1918- Dear Mother and Dad- A great deal has happened since my note to Dad - most of which (per usual) I can not tell you. Important to us - our camp has changed from barracks to billets. For sometime after leaving our happy home, we lived in our camions by the road-side - a gypsy-like existence. Our new home is both more satisfactory and yet more disagreeable. The road does not leak so that we awake in a pond (as was somewhat the case with the camions) - but our barn is fully equipped with its quota of rats. Some of

Image of 1996.51.136CJ - Letter

1996.51.136CJ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0057_0001 April 18/1918- Dear Mother and Dad- Letters dated March 15th and 21st arrived today - therefore I am calling halt until I write an overdue one home. things and other things have kept me entirely too well employed to do anything personal at all. Our men and supply sergeant was suddenly laid out by temporary blindness - and I am taking his place. The past ten days have taken all of waking and a part of my sleeping hours reorganizing - or better organizing and straightening out, and installing a system of accounting. In addition to all this - which should have been mere routine - there has been the kitchen to watch, menus to be

Image of 1996.51.136CK - Letter

1996.51.136CK - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0059_0001 Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission Prov. Co. "A" MTD. AEF- Convois Autos Par B.C.M. France- Dearest Mother and Dad- May 5/1918- Haven't heard from home for some time - but the cards prophecy a letter this afternoon. So - although now lieutenant would have me waste a beautiful rainy Sunday morning making interesting entries in less interesting books - and although my ovenfed company is howling for clothes - I am carefully camouflaged in the top of a barn writing my weekly. Fort nightly is better. What do you do when you figure or using onions for dinner - and can't get onions? jhenschel_0059_0002 Things do not always

Image of 1996.51.136CL - Letter

1996.51.136CL - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0060_0001 Private J.E. Henschel, American Mission, M.T.D., Am.E.F., Provisional Company "A", Convois Autos, Par B.C.M. May 12th, 1918. Mother dearest: Don't you like a showery day? This morning when i was awakened the rain was beating down on the remorque rook most delightfully. Being a more or less privileged sort of person, I lay in bed enjoying the patter immensely for several minutes before getting out in it. The above short paragraph about sums up the total of news that I am able to give you. This time it is impossible to lay the blame on the long suffering shoulders of our coring lieutenant, for there is actually nothing of news o

Image of 1996.51.136CM - Letter

1996.51.136CM - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0061_0001 Private J.E. Henschel, American Mission, M.T.D., Am.E.F., Prov. Co. "A", Convois Autos, Par B.C.M., France. May 24th, 1918. Dear Dad: An enormous shipment of letters arrived today, bringing among them your letter, acknowledgeing receipt of my card. This of course gave me great pleasure. First to business and then to news, such as it is. To come to a point shortly, I have been recommended for admission to a training school for officers here in France. My incomparable qualities have at last been appreciated; my shining lantern seems to have been seen from afar. But be all that as it may - and to return to the serious - the fac

Image of 1996.51.136CN - Letter

1996.51.136CN - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0062_0001 June 8, 1918. Dear Family: I am going to take time out to write a letter home tonight, even though letters may still be defende. As you are very probably well aware, the past several weeks have meant work, strenuous and long for all of us over here. History has been making and making rapidly, and the fact that we have had to step pretty lively to keep up with the pace. In short, we have been working to the fullest of our powers, under more or less handicaps, putting every ounce that we have into the game which means so much to all of us now. Surely America must be alive to the fact now that we are up against the most most serio

Image of 1996.51.136CO - Letter

1996.51.136CO - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0063_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. Provisional Co. "A." American Mission. M.T.D., A.E.F., Convois Autos. Par B.C.M. France. June 14th 1918. Dearest Mother- All of the regular work is over - the hot coffee and cold meals ready in case of a convoy leaving and a hot meal ready for the convoy which will return in a few hours - and as there will be no time tonight for sleeping, there is time for a letter home. Tonight I balanced the company books and completed inventory for the last time for early tomorrow morning (that is, this morning) several others and I leave for the school of which I have already written to you. In a way I rather hate to do

Image of 1996.51.136CP - Letter

1996.51.136CP - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0064_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. Prov. Co. A. American Mission M.T.D., Am.E.F- Convois Autos- Par B.C.M. June 16/1918- Dear Mother and Dad- School has not commenced yet, so we are having the rare privilege of a sort of vacation for a few days. In the meanwhile there are "roofing parties" during which we scatter tar paper in strange fashion over the barracks. This is really quite enjoyable - for it gives the opportunity to register a kick at working as well as the fun of walking on the top of a roof. This will not be for long and we shall all be glad when the course itself does open - and work commences in earnest. We are far enough awa

Image of 1996.51.136CQ - Letter

1996.51.136CQ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0065_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. American Mission M.T.D. Am.E.F. Convois Autos- Par B.C.M. France- 6/23/[1918] Dearest Mother- Everything going with a rush - in fact this is promising to be about the busiest school I have ever attended. Sundays will be our only days off - and unless we attend altogether to business Sunday will not be as completely off as could be desired. We have six weeks in which to work a most complete course in Automobile engineering and learn as well the complete organization of the French army in detail. It certainly is interesting work and I believe will be very valuable, both in military service and after the war.

Image of 1996.51.136CR - Letter

1996.51.136CR - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0066_0001 Private J.E. Henschel Prov. Co. "A"- American Mission- M.T.D. Am.E.F. Convois AUtos Par. B.C.M.- France- July 4th 1918- Dearest Mother- The fourth of July has come and almost gone and we are all pretty well tired and happy. Just a year ago today we landed at Bordeaux. the year before I celebrated the day by going to Laredo; I wonder what will be the situation next year? Not being a good guess - I'll not try to prophecy. That doesn't prevent my wishing and hoping. I lots of ways our fourth here was spent as we would in the States. We had a military ceremony in the morning - a short patriotic address - a flag raising and a picn

Image of 1996.51.136CS - Letter

1996.51.136CS - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0067_0001 GRANDE-RUE & HOTEL DES POSTES jhenschel_0067_0002 The One Hundred and Forty Second Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. July 4th. 1918 U.S.M.T.S. U.S.A.A.S. with the C.I.A.M. of the French Army MENU BREAKFAST Quaker Oat a la Verdun Omelettes Newyorkaise Chocolate, Coffee LUNCHEON Blue Point Sardines - Butter Salmon sauce Pershing Chicken a la Foch Sweet potatoes Elsie Janis - Peas a la Bernhardt Apricots a la Fontainebleau Cream Cheese Cake a la Washington Jam - Nuts - Wine - Coffee DINNER Consomme President Wilson Goose Livers Boston Style - Thon Spring Rabbits Chicagoise Gilled potatoes Salad Fr

Image of 1996.51.136CT - Letter

1996.51.136CT - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0068_0001 le 5th of July 1918- Dear Sis- This paper seems just about made to write letters to sisters and so reminded me that I had not written to you for some months. Also that I had not heard tom you for more; don't you think that you have deserted me pretty shabbily? How did school come out this jhenschel_0068_0002 year? Of course you like high school - everyone does, more or less - but every one can't be a shining star. That's why I shall be mighty pleased to hear in my next letter how fine your grades were this last year. Great guns - Elizabeth a sophomore next year! It hardly seems possible. By the time that I get home thi

Image of 1996.51.136CU - Letter

1996.51.136CU - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0069_0001 J.E. Henschel. Prov. Co. "A." American Mission M.T.D., Am. E.F. Convois Autos Par B.C.M. July 14th 1918- Dearest Mother- The French "4th" has just about ended - and as did the American - finds me writing a letter home. I have read somewhere that one ought not to write letters at night for then he never says what he should and always puts down a lot that would never stand sober daylight. It's a case of "now or never" - so pardon the "shouldn't" and imagine the "should". A big pile of mail caught up with me - including letters from you and Dad (including the Albuquerque one as latest) Marian W- and one from Harvey. Marian has bee

Image of 1996.51.136CV - Letter

1996.51.136CV - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0070_0001 J.E. Henschel Pov. Co. "A"- American Mission M.T.D., Am.E.F. Convois Autos. Par B.C.M. France. July 21st 1918- Dearest Mother and Dad- The alarm clock went off this morning at six - although we did not have to get up until eight. You see - I intended to take a bath in the river, but had not counted on it being cold and rainy, so instead am writing home. Mother's letter of June 28th from Cruces came yesterday to my great delight. Where do the girls bathe at Cruces? Is there a swimming pool or does the I can't spell it irrigation ditch - still have to be pressed into service? I know that Mother and they must have had a mighty pl

Image of 1996.51.136CW - Letter

1996.51.136CW - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0071_0001 J.E. Henschel- Provisional Co. "A"- American Mission. M.T.D. Am.E.F. Convois Autos- Par B.C.M. August 5th 1918- Dear Dad- Your very welcome letter of June 28th came a few days ago. My sincerest thanks for the money order; it certainly was fine of you to let me have the money. I did not intend to ask you for it until it was certain that I would need it , and so shall deposit the sum with Morgan Hargis at Paris. In that way, I can be sure of having it at my disposal in the event that I should require it; You see. Dad - as I wrote to you at the beginning of the course - there is no certainty of commissions being granted, even tho

Image of 1996.51.136CX - Letter

1996.51.136CX - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0072_0001 August 9th 1918- Mother dearest- Just a line - The school is over and we are on our way back to work. We have one wonderful day in Paris. Oh - Paris is beautiful. I love it and would like to be here a long-long time. But say Mother - I'd give anything just to be home tonight with you and Dad. All of my thoughts and 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.

Image of 1996.51.136CY - Letter

1996.51.136CY - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0073_0001 August 24th 1918- Mother dear- I am awfully sorry, I just tore up two half finished letters home - the 15th and 18th - that should by now be well on their way home. Your letters of July 4th, 11th and 29th and Berthold's of June 29th have all come through safely. Also I have a "carte-lettre" from Ramsey in answer to one that I sent to him. Evidently his outfit is at work for he mentions being back on repos for a while. He is on the Alsace front, as nearly as I can find out. Was mighty glad to hear from him, and will try to arrange things to that we can be on leave at the same time. The chances are mighty slim, but then -. My

Image of 1996.51.136DR - Letter

1996.51.136DR - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0092_0001 With the American Army in France [October] 10th 1918. Sgt. J.E. Henschel M.T.D., Am.E.F. Prov. Co. "A", American Mission Convois Autos, Par B.C.M., Paris Dear Brother, Yours of [August] 13th rec'd sometime hence but have been unable to answer till now. We have been having quite a bit of sport (?) lately. MacClanahan sat down in a "Mustard Gas" shell hole and got a few big yellow blisters which persistently annoy him when he sits down. I, myself am unscathed, though there was lots of "H.E.'s" lighting close. The closest shave excepting perhaps flying splinters was when a gas shell hit within four feet of another fellow and I. W

Image of 1996.51.136DS - Letter

1996.51.136DS - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0093_0001 December 1st/1918 Near Verdun - France Dearest Mother- This first of the month finds me in the beginning of a journey - object: observation and education. Or rather - the best part of the journey is over and another day or so will find us "observing" to the best of our abilities. The four of us are pretty well tired out, but glad, none the less, to be here. We left Decize at the most unearthly hour of two o'clock Thanksgiving Day morning - leaving rather mournfully the prospects of a turkey dinner. Landed at Is-sur-Lille in the afternoon - to find it the wrong place and hence caught the next train out, which happened to go to