Letter of Condolence

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Admin/Biog History Nicholas J. Mand was born February 13, 1890 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The family moved to Oshkosh in 1893. He worked as a sign painter until May 5, 1916 when he joined Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard for service on the Mexican Border. He was discharged for fallen arches on July 8, 1916. At the time of his enlistment he was 26 years old, one gray eye (left) and one brown eye (right), dark hair, dark complexion, and 5' 11" tall. He enlisted again May 30, 1917 and was accepted. Company F, became Company C, 150th Machine Gun battalion and was assigned to the 42nd Division. He saw action in several battles before being mortally wounded on August 2, 1918 at Chatteau Thierry by schrapnel to the left leg and stomach. He died the following day. He was reinterred at Riverside Cemetery Lot 10, Block 7.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation August 24, 1918
Abstract Letter from Lieutenant Arthur R. Bahr to Kate Mand informing her of the death of her son, Nicholas J. Mand Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion. Describes his wounding on August 2, 1918 and final moments before death.

American E. F.
Aug. 24, 1918
Mrs. Kate Mand:
It is with the deepest sorrow that I have to inform you that you have given to America-to Liberty and to the ideals of a free people-the supreme sacrifice-your son.
Nick was seriously wounded about noon of August 2nd. he died peacefully a few hours later.
I went to Nick shortly after he was wounded and gave him "first aid" and cheered him up a bit, he was brave to the last.
America grieves the loss of a soldier-you grieve the loss of a son.
Though your grief be deep let it be a comfort to know that Nick was a true son and a brave soldier.
Expressing the sympathy of the Officers and men of Company C.
I remain yours truly
Arthur R. Bahr
Co. C. 150 M. G. Bn.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.8.3
Object Name Letter
People Mand, Nicholas J.
Bahr, Arthur R.
Mand, Kate
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Title Letter of Condolence
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