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Admin/Biog History Harvey Stich was the son of Charles Stich. He was born in Nekimi on February 15, 1918. The family moved to Oshkosh when he was young. He worked in the press room of Diamond Match Company. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in March 1917 and was sent to Camp Douglas in July 1917. Company F became Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division and left for France in October 1917. He served in every action and was in the Army of Occupation in Luxumbourg. He died there December 27, 1918 of pneumonia. He was burried in France, but was disinterred and returned to Oshkosh in September 1920. He is burried in Doty Street Lutheran Cemetery.
Classification Archives
Collection Harvey Stich
Dates of Accumulation 1917-1920
Abstract Letter from Harvey Stich, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his sister-in-law.

Somewhere in France
May 16, 1918
Dearest sister Hilda
Your welcome letter has reached me a few days ago, and I was very glad to hear from you. Hilda it was to bad Phyllis was sleeping when you wrote this letter so had to stop writing. So Brother Alfred had to write and finish the letter. So I'm going to write this letter to you anyway. So I must let you know that I'm in the best of health for the time I have been here in France. The boys are getting their service stripes for the time we have been here in France. Well I guess Hilda we may have more then one service stripe when we get home. Well Hilda you may know by this time of the year that the 42nd. Div. are at the front and doing their bit for the country. If you folks at home only knew what it is to fight in the trenches. Well how is your Brother Ed getting along? Hope he is getting along well. You said once he was going to work in Oshkosh. If he is not in Oshkosh Hilda tell him when you see him again I send him my best regards and good luck. Or is he drafted. Hilda in this town is going to be a wedding the 18 of May. Brother Alfred said once he would like to know how the weather is here in France. Tell him the weather is just fine and the sun is just burning and it makes the boys look brown in the face. Hilda, tell Pa he shouldn't forget the 11 of June. And ask him if he knows the time when the three of us were out to Herman in a rage. Hilda, I have got a mule to take care. And some time I take the mule out on horse back for a few miles. Hilda I suppose you know by this time that the Fond du Lac, Co. have lost some men the first time. Well we have not lost any so far for we have been in the trenches 3 times. Well Hilda this is all the news I got for you & so I must close for this time.
With love and good
Luck to you all
From your solder boy
Harvey
Answer soon
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG58.2.8
Object Name Letter
People Stich, Harvey
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Soldiers
Casualties
Trench warfare
Title Letter
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