Soldier from Grand Rapids, Mich., member of 337th Ambulance Company who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diaries and reminiscences of his service in Russia and training at Fort Custer, Michigan; also his diaries of life in Grand Rapids, photographs, motion pictures, and miscellaneous.
1 linear foot 2 oversize folders
87352 Aa 2 Uam
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs
Scope and Content:
The collection includes diaries and a reminiscence of his service in Russia, at Obozerskaya and Archangel, and his training at Fort Custer, Mich.; also clippings and miscellanea. The collection also includes views of Fort Custer, Mich., and photos taken in Russia (both U. S. Signal Corps photos and snapshots) of American and allied soldiers, cities and towns, Russian people, battle scenes, and means of transportation; also a motion picture (16 mm original with DVD and streaming file use copies) containing miscellaneous scenes of American troops in Archangel. Also included Smith's diaries dated 1910 and 1914-1916.
Biographical / Historical:
Resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., served as private, 337th Ambulance Co.
The collection was donated by Mrs. Elizabeth Plasman and Mrs. Margery Joppe, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1987 (Donor no.: 7475 ).
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