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Admin/Biog History Walter Thorne was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. He was the son of Robert and Emma M. Thorne. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1916. He worked as a laborer. Walter enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard; saw service on the Mexican Border; promoted to Corporal; company transferred and became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division during World War I. He was killed in action from massive schrapnel wounds to both legs on July 30, 1918 during the Ourcq River Battles near Servinges and Maronil, France, Chateau Thierry Campaign.{Emma Thorne came to Oshkosh with her husband Robert, son Walter, and at least one other child from Chicago circa 1915. They owned a house at 146 Spruce Street. Her husband worked at Paine Lumber, but was unemployed for almost a year from 1917-1918. They lost there home in 1918 and retuned to Chicago.
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Collection Walter Thorne Collection
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract Letter from Corporal Walter Thorne, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his mother, Emma W. Thorne.

A[merican] E[xpetionary] F[orces]

Dearest Mother,

Your letter received and also fourteen others from various places and friends and the one from [illegible] states there is a gift on the way to me and am pretty anxious to get it, and find out what. So I [illegible] what to thank them for. There is also some four or five boxes of candy on the way and sure will swear if a sub sinks the boat with all that good stuff on for me to eat, but there is no damage. They are going to be a thing of the past, also the war, as I think there is going to be one big spring drive that is going to settle the score and cook the Kaiser's goose.
Mary wrote a letter and gave me an A-1 balling out and if she tries that again, it is no more little Mary for me. She is small, but oh my but I should worry maybe we'll loose another girl on this trip same as I lost one last time. Yes, that is a nice idea about putting the money in the bank and there is $10.00 coming home every month from November on, so by the time I come back I will have a good starter and also am going to save some by myself over here. I have 50 Francs put away with our 1st Lieutenant and 35 with another fellow and 30 Francs borrowed out and 30 Francs in my pocket. One Franc is twenty cents, so that is not a very large some.
Well dear mother, give my love to all the neighbors and when you write to Art give him my regards.
Lovingly Your Soldier Son

Tell dad I do not think much of him laying around home and not working as long as he is not sick. Our Uncle Sam needs all the help he can get and cannot depend on anyone that expects a woman to do his share and keep him going. The army is the place for those kind and am mighty glad I am in it.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG25.3.1
Object Name Letter
People Thorne, Walter
Thorne, Emma M.
Subjects World War I
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
42nd Division
150th Machine Gun Battalion
Title Letter
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