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Admin/Biog History Otto B. Sells was the son of William and Carrie Prine Sells. He was a member of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard during the Mexican Border War and Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. He was killed by an artillery shell near the town of Fisme, France on August 4, 1918.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Letter from Otto Bernanrd Sells, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division to his parents in Oshkosh, WI.

July 5, 1918
Dear Folks & all.
Just a few lines to let you know I'm in the finest of health hoping this will find you all the same. I' writing this in the front line trenches & have got lots of time for it is my time for day guard. The Dutchmen [slang term for Germans] bombarded us for just a hour and ten minutes with small casualties. Of course they sure lost a few. We had two patrols out & they brought two men slightly wounded back. The four started out again and that is the last they seen of them. I think they were captured. I was supposed to be back in support this time & was the night of the raid. The next day we had to report to [the] front line to replace a corporal was taken to hospital. A German Lieutenant was wounded & brought in [and he] could understand English. One of the boys said, "He will know better & stay in his place next time". So he spoke up & said, "I wished I had." That was before we knew he could talk English. Some of the boys will get French medals. I received four letters from you & one from Ruth. We never get a chance to get any more postals so will never get a chance to write any more of them. I wished now I had brought my own trunk for it was a good one. I think the least you have to do with G. the better off you will be with all the rest. Today is the first paper we have seen for nearly a week. & see where the Americans had made a good drive. [Illegible name] is also coming across to join us. In case I should get captured & write from the Devils land, be careful what you say for things cause a death or crippling in some way. I haven't seen my old bunkie for a long time. He is with the Intelligence bunch. I sure would like to hear from M. & when I come back would like to take a trip with her for a week. How is Harvey? Do you ever see Louie? One of the boys in support bought a big pale of cherries. With Love. Son Otto.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.18.8
Object Name Letter
People Sells, Otto Bernard
Subjects World War I
Soldiers
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Casualties
Title Letter
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