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Admin/Biog History Harold L. Smith was born in Oshkosh, WI on December 18, 1897, the son of Henry A. Smith and Minna Kliss Smith. He elisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard and served on the Mexican Border in 1916. In 1917 Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division. Harold was killed in action on July 29, 1918 during the Battle of Chateau Thierry by a shrapnel wound to the head. His body was returned to Oshkosh and buried at Riverside Cemetery, Lot 4, Block 110.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation June 6, 1918
Abstract Letter to parents from Henry L. Smith, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, while in France. He discusses: life in the trenches; the death of Paul Fauck; bathing; and laundry.

June 6, 1918
Harold L. Smith
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
American E.F. A.P.O.715

Dear Parents.
Just a line or two this morning to let you no I am well. Hoping this finds you all the same. Received two letters from home yesterday and sure was glad to here you were all well. Was the first mail we have received for 8 days and was a happy bunch of boys to hear of home. Have been in the trenches again and sure was a busy lot of fellows this trip. But made it pretty darn lively for the Dutch. The boys are all well so do not believe any of the talk that may get afloat there for it sure will. Paul Fauck was found dead one morning in the trenches shot through the head. But we gave him a decent burial. Well we are having some fine weather. People here are making hay have been for two weeks or more. Grain will soon be ready to cut. Wish things were as far in the States as they are here. But then I suppose they have an awful early _____. Have been out for a little joy ride this morning and took a bath on my return. They are _____ dinner now. Will finish this letter eat my dinner and then wash my cloth's that is my dirty underwear and be all caught up with work again. All but letter writing. Have a dozen letters to write yet. Heard from Mr. Savage and was glad to hear from him. Am going to answer his letter this afternoon yet. Tell Rollin I like to get his letters only he does not write often enough. Well I will bring this to a close or lose my chance. Love to all from your Son.
Harold L. Smith
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
American E.F. A.P.O. 715
Ok. Leut A.R. Bahr
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.12.2
Object Name Letter
People Smith, Harlod L.
Fauck, Paul
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Death & burial
Title Letter
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