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Postcard from Clarence to His Sweetheart Marie
Clarence to His Sweetheart Marie
From Montgomery, Alabama; October 10, 1917
Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project
Clarence to His Sweetheart Marie
From Montgomery, Alabama; October 10,
1917

Clarence to His Sweetheart Marie
From Montgomery, Alabama; October 10, 1917

Waiting to go overseas with the 37th Infantry Division, a National Guard Division from Ohio, Clarence still longed for contact with loved ones at home. In this brief message, he kept score of the correspondence he had received and sent. On the reverse side of this postcard, he personalized the romantic picture with the names of himself and his girlfriend.

Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project

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Picture postcard inscribed Clarence and Marie
Picture postcard inscribed “Clarence” and “Marie.”
Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project
Picture postcard inscribed
“Clarence” and “Marie.”

Picture postcard inscribed “Clarence” and “Marie.”

Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project

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Letter from Ed to His Mother, Father and Sister
Ed to His Mother, Father and Sister
From Flogny, France; February 22, 1919
Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project
Ed to His Mother, Father and Sister
From Flogny, France; February 22, 1919

Ed to His Mother, Father and Sister
From Flogny, France; February 22, 1919

Discovered in an attic by new home owners, Ed’s twelve-page letter strongly conveyed his desire to return to the U.S. His description of the soldiers’ daily life in the months after the armistice was touched with frustration, humor, and colorful references to a popular song, book and film of the time. There is a bitterness and longing in his need to give an accurate account of his experiences with the 36th Infantry Division, a National Guard Division from Texas and Oklahoma.

Courtesy of Andrew Carroll / The Legacy Project

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An American serviceman composes a letter from war-torn Europe, c. 1918.
An American serviceman composes a letter from war-torn Europe, c. 1918.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Military History Institute
An American serviceman composes a letter from war-torn Europe, c. 1918.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Military History Institute