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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.

Nov. 28, 1918
Dear sister in law
Received your letter for some time ago, and was glad to hear from you, and it was just when we were on our move, so now we got them Germans in the trap. Hilda, if you only knew just one thing where we are now, it would be a big surprise for you folks. I have met Jim Harts about a week ago and he is a Red Cross [Medic] in the 8th Division. Hilda, we are in some part of the world that you folks may not know, but I think it won't take long [and] we [will] be in a good country. Hilda, you have read that letter I wrote to you that a German Prisoner said that the war was going to be [at] an end by the last of this year. And the weather is getting colder now too, and today is Thanksgiving Day. I hope you have a roast. Hilda, don't forget to save some of it for me Ha, Ha. Hilda, how is the Saloons? Are they open yet or are they closed? If they are closed, it [will] be hard for the old men that like beer so bad. When we return from over here, then we'll open the Saloons again and have a good time again with old men and put old Oshkosh on tap again. Hilda, as long that I'm in the best of health and happy and hope that you all are the very same or better. I hope this letter will reach you by New Year's and it will be a happy New Year to you all, and close with love and good luck to you all.
Your brother
Harvey
Answer soon.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG58.2.13
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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