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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 the American Red Cross, concerning the death of Otto Bernanrd Sells, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, to his family in Oshkosh, WI.

The American Red Cross
Washington, D.C.

My dear Mr. Sells:
Another brief report on the death of your son has come to us. We are forwarding this on to you, fully appreciating what it will mean:
"Sells was killed just before we came to the city of Fismes during the last part of the drive. He was killed by a high explosive. The shell that killed him wounded the Lieutenant. I saw him killed; he was to my right. We had to pass over a high plateau, a three-kilometer field there were three observation balloons above us and they got direct hits all the time. We had no airplanes and very little artillery support."
Please believe that the Red Cross is always glad to be of service to the families of soldiers, as well as to the soldiers themselves.
Sincerely yours,
W. R. Castle Jr
ICB:H
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.18.11
Object Name Letter
People Sells, Otto Bernard
Subjects World War I
Soldiers
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Casualties
Trench warfare
Artillery (Weaponry)
Gas warfare
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