Soldier from Petoskey, Mich., member of Co. A, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes scrapbooks, orders, citations, casualty lists, and field message book.
0.4 linear feet (4 v. and 2 folders)
86575 Aa 2
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs
Scope and Content:
The collection includes two scrapbooks containing a letter, Nov. 16, 1919, of Theodore R. McPhail, describing the 339th Infantry's homecoming parade in Detroit, poems, and newspaper clippings relating to the fighting in Russia, the mutiny of March 1919, the return of the 339th Infantry to Detroit, the return of the bodies of men killed in Russia, and later Polar Bear activities. Also included are rosters, certificates of promotion, lists of citations, and lists of casualties for Co. A, a cartoon by "Bug" Culver, a map of the Archangel area with areas of operations marked, lists of the bodies returned in 1929, and a receipt book of Captain Otto Odjard
Biographical / Historical:
Resident of Petoskey, Mich., served as 2d lieutenant, Co. A, 339th Infantry.
The collection was donated by Hugh D. McPhail, of Lexington, Michigan, in 1963 (Donor no.: 4059 ).
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