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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 family in Oshkosh, WI.

[No date on this letter]
Dear Mother & all
Just a few lines to let you know we made our first hitch in the front line trenches with out loosing a man or not a one injured so he had to go to the hospital. It was a funny sensation at first to hear shrapnel shells burst around us. The first day there, broke in between a bunch of us carrying wire up to mend places cut by the Huns. We just got back to our rest camp when it started and rained all day. Do not listen to a thing you hear for I will tell all I can about everything. I received eleven letters from you today. I mean five from you one from Eva, Ruth, Ester, Margaret, This the one who works at Wilson Music store [illegible] and one from my old friend Ida at Denver, Colo. Send her one of my pictures to 1421 Larimee St. c/o of Schafer Tent Co. "Don't forget", The boys are all waiting for the Y.M.C.A. for to open so they can write. I will write twice a week while in rest camp & nothing while in trenches unless I get wounded & if you received telegram you will know it is-----. You can never tell where I am so give Bill the tobacco. One thing that is bad up to the trenches is rats & millions of them. We seen some towns that were totally destroyed by shells. See in the papers where the Marines were shot up bad & also [German] attack, is stopped by the Americans, on Paris. We have got most Fondy [Fond du Lac] boys in the Machinegun Co. that is with our Battalion. Jack Brunkhurst is 1st. Lieutenant, Newton has left us again, Barker, & also my friend Lieutenant Taylor. Haven't heard anything about it since so it will be jake. I saved clippings until tomorrow. If you put this in the [newspaper?], put in about the rats making so much noise. Makes a man keep his ears open & different signals like birds owls-etc. Our home now is upstairs about a pig's pen, so you can imagine how it smells. I am wearing around a pair of wooden shoes & sure have some sport with the French people. I met young [illegible name] in the trenches & also Bud Printup [Sergeant Ralph J. Printup, Company C, 107th Field Signal Battalion, 32nd Division]. I volunteered to go over the top & before we started to go we had to report at Headquarters & it was carrying ammunition to the front. Our Headquarters got hit, but was so strongly built that one got but little pieces in the arm, but didn't have to go to the hospital. Well will close for will make [now]. Will make a hitch again this week. Your Son, Corp. Sells
O.K. Lt. Leo E. Oakey
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.18.10
Object Name Letter
People Sells, Otto Bernard
Subjects World War I
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Trench warfare
Artillery (Weaponry)
Gas warfare
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