Letters from World War I

Stewart C. Lockhart (AEF Medical Unit 60) to Mrs. Nellie Bailey

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Troops boarding a transport ship, 1917
Courtesy US Army Heritage and Education Center


Postmarked upon receipt October 14, 1918

National Postal Museum 0.214896.44

Millions of Americans mobilized for the war effort. People headed to training camps, were assigned to installations in the Unites States, and deployed to the European front lines. It was important to stay in contact to reassure anxious family and friends and to foster ties to home. Many charitable organizations supplied stationery for this purpose. Military service members preparing to embark for overseas were given postcards with pre-printed messages like this one. The cards were mailed when the ship arrived safely.

one page hand-written letter on YMCA letterhead


[Front side] [Printed message] AMERICAN Y.M.C.A. AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES. Somewhere in England Well, here I am, safe and sound and feeling mighty fine. Hope this finds all of you the same. Will write you a real letter the first change I get. Best regards and lots and lots of love to all – In haste [handwritten] Steward C. Lockhart Exceptional Replacement Medical Unit No. 60 Ame. E. F. Via, New York N.Y.

[Address side] [To] Mrs. Nellie Bailey 410 A Calistoga Ave. Napa [crossed-out Sacramento] [crossed-out 2412 Que St.] California

My Fellow Soldiers