Soldier from Detroit, Mich., member of Co.K, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diaries and correspondence relating to World War I, his military training, and experiences in Russia on the Polar Bear expedition.
0.3 linear feet
86620 Aa 2
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs
Scope and Content:
The 1916 diary describes his civilian life. The diaries, July 1918-March 1919 and June-July 1919, describe the ocean voyage to Russia, life in Archangel and on patrol, his dislike of British officers and strategy, fighting at Seletskoe, Sept. 1918; Kodish, Sept.-Oct. 1918; Verst 455 (on the railroad), Oct. 1918; and Kodish, Dec. 1918-Jan. 1919; a mutiny of Russian troops, Dec. 1918, his visit to France and Bolshevik agitation in the army there, and the voyage home. The correspondence, May 1917-June 1919, describes his experiences at Fort Sheridan, Ill., at Camp Custer, and in England, the Russian people, Archangel, and his daily routine. Also included is a letter from Charles E. Lewis, March 14, 1919, recounting Private Charlie Price's description of fighting by Co. K at Kodish, Oct. 13, 1918.
Biographical / Historical:
Resident of Detroit, served as 2d lieutenant, Co. K, 339th Infantry.
The collection was donated by Mrs. Helen Ryan Geisler, of Detroit, Michigan, in 1965 (Donor no.: 4239 ).
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