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059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919 - Date Letter Written: May 26, 1919 Letter Written By: George Rehn Letter Written To: Mother Full transcription of letter: 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 01 St. Nazaire [France] [May 26, 1919] Dear Mother! At five o clock this morning we were called out for duty at what used to be A.P.O. headquarters No 701. When we arrived it was a big sheet of flames and when we left 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 02 [page 2] their was nothing left it. It was a wooden structure about a half a block square, one part being devoted to a garage another to barracks and kitchen and the balance the P.O. Their was very little outbound mail 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 03 [page 3] Saved and we were told none of the inbound, their being about five ships in the harbor at the present and their surely must have been some mail on some of them. I send you a set of postals 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 04 [page 4] on the 24th and I am afraid they have gone up in smoke. I have received a letter from Elsie, one from Kate and one from Norma B. I also received quite a few newspapers with accounts and pictures of the two parades held in St. Louis. I 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 05 [page 5] enjoyed reading them very much. I suppose when we get back the will have forgotten that there even was a war. Who cares we are used to that. I am sorry to note that you have had a very bad frost back home and that it is going to hinder 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 06 [page 6] the production of grapes. I want to write you a little of a very interesting trip we made up the Rance River to a little town called Dinan (not Dinard). The boat ride was beautiful 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 07 [page 7] we rode up a narrow but cliff bound stream and we all imagined we were sailing up the Rhine. We landed at the foot of the cliff the town sets on and went directly to a hotel were we were given a corking good dinner for four and a half francs. 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 08 [page 8] We then inspected an old castle formerly occupied by the Dutchess Ann who at one time ruled Brittany when it was separate of France. She later on married someone who in those days was the it of France. The marriage resulted in the unit- 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 09 [page 9] ing of the two countries. The castle houses a good many ancient antiques taken from museums in the vicinity of Paris. They were taken there for safety at the time the Germans were making their drive for Paris. 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 10 [page 10] From the castle we went to an old prison the tower of [illegible:1 wd] being shown on other side. The prison housed a great many political prisoners and at one time quite a few English whose names we saw chipped or scratched on the walls of the cells and dungeons which are as 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 11 [page 11] far down as 25 ft in the ground. The dungeons were so dark that it was necessary to hold our candles at a certain position in order to get the benefit of them. I would rather spend a year in a modern cell than a month in one of those 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 12 [page 12] dungeons. We went from the prison to a church part of which was built in the 11th century and part in the 15th. It was the church I wrote you of in the last set of cards. On the opp. side is shown part of the interior. We were told that the 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 13 [page 13] figures clinging to the building shown on opp. side are those of church idols and were carved out of wood by the owner, who is a renowned sculptor. 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 14 [page 14] Cards 14 and 15 will give you some idea of the beauty. That bridge is a wonder, you will note that it is some high. Also note how narrow the river is but the water is as clean as an Ozark stream and very deep. 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 15 [page 15] We left for Parame at four oclock by train to Dinard and from their to St. Malo by boat and to Parame by tramway. We had supper packed our bag and were at the R. R. station at 8:30 waiting for the St. Nazaire special. 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 16 [page 16] I want to again thank you for the box of sweets. Must close for this times. Hoping you are all well and happy and that I see you soon. I am as ever, Lovingly, George

Date Letter Written: May 26, 1919 Letter Written By: George Rehn Letter Written To: Mother Full transcription of letter: 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 01 St. Nazaire [France] [May 26, 1919] Dear Mother! At five o clock this morning we were called out for duty at what used to be A.P.O. headquarters No 701. When we arrived it was a big sheet of flames and when we left 059_1982.279.35_George Rehn to Mother_May 26, 1919_Page 02 [page 2] their was nothing left it. It was a wooden structure about a half a block square, one part being devoted to a garage another to barracks and kitchen and the balance the P.O. Their was very little outbound mail 059

Image of 1931.1.11 - Print, Photographic

1931.1.11 - Print, Photographic

Black and white photograph printed on paper; caption typed underneath. Caption reads as follows: "37th Div. German Prison cage Verrier Fme Sept. 26th. Maj. Ralph D. Cole in charge. Between 800 and 900 German prisoners passed through this cage and were classified by G-2 SEction."

Image of 1982.279.35 - Letter

1982.279.35 - Letter

See container list for individual letter transcription/cataloging PDF of Full Transcription of Letters Available 79 letters From the service of George H. Rehn, Pfc., 13th Marine Regiment, 63rd Guard Unit.

Image of 2014.54.8 - Stereoscope

2014.54.8 - Stereoscope

Black and white image scanned from a glass stereoscope slide. Caption printed on slide: Germans arresting a Red Cross nurse Slide Number (printed on slide): W-D-7 Slide produced by (printed on slide): Copyright Fisherview Scientific Materials Co. Pittsburgh, PA