Soldier from Holland, Mich., member of Co. D, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes description of army life and battles of the Polar Bear campaign; also includes a reminiscence of a tour of Russia, 1959, with a teachers group.
86705 Aa 1
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs
Scope and Content:
The diary, July 1918-July 1919, is a photostat of a typescript, and describes Douma's daily life and the weather as well as fighting at Seltso, Sept. 1918; Toulgas, Nov. 1918; Vistafka, Feb.-March 1919; and Kurgomen, April-May 1919. The collection also includes a reminiscence of a tour of Russia, 1959, with a teachers' group.
Biographical / Historical:
Resident of Holland, Mich., served as corporal, Co. D, 339th Infantry.
The collection was donated by Mrs. Frank W. Douma, of Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1978 (Donor no.: 6176 ).
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