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Letters written by Walter Vernon Pirtle to Louise Covey, Cullison, Kansas. The letters dated August-December, 1917, were written in Pratt, Kansas, where Walter was working for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. His letter of January 20, 1918, first mentions joining the U. S. Army and World War I. The March 3, 1918, letter was written from Camp Funston where he belonged to the Machine Gun Company 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. By June 5, 1918, he was on his way across the Atlantic Ocean to France. His letters written from July 1918 through April 1919 contain information about the war. After hostilities ceased on November 11, 1918, Walter's company assumed guard duty in the occupation force near Trier and Cologne, Germany. His last letter written from Germany is dated April 30, 1919. The 89th Division returned to America in the spring of 1919. Walter was mustered out on June 2, 1919, after fifteen months of service. Also included with the letters are postcards of Trier, Germany.

Date: 1917 - 1919

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Walter Vernon Pirtle collection - 1 [August - September 1917]

Item Number: 306902
Call Number: 2014-164
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 306902

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