Soldier from Frankfurt, Mich., member of Co. M, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diary and reminiscences relating to his trip to Russia in 1929 to recover the bodies of members of the Archangel Expedition killed and buried in the Soviet Union.
86529 Aa 1
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs
Scope and Content:
The papers contain a diary, July-Oct. 1929, describing the search for bodies, memories of the Russian people about the American soldiers, living conditions, and his memories of the area; and a typescript reminiscence, 1969, describing his mission, problems with the Russian authorities, the return of the bodies, and the reinterment ceremony at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.
Biographical / Historical:
Resident of Frankfort, Mich., served as sergeant, Co. M, 339th Infantry, and was a member of the Michigan and United States commissions sent to Russia in 1929 to locate and return bodies of American dead.
The collection was donated by Walter F. Dundon, of Frankfort, Michigan, in 1969 (Donor no.: 4767 ) and by Mrs. Hilda D. Lyon, of Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1971 (Donor no.: 5134 ).
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