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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 July 6, 1918
Abstract Letter to parents from Henry L. Smith, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, while in France. He discusses: troop movements; lack of mail; praise for the division; and artillery barrages.

July 6, 1918
Harold L. Smith
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
American E.F. A.P.O.715
Dear Parents,
A few lines to let you no I am well. Hoping this will find you all in good health and happy. Well it has been all of a week since I have had an opportunity to write at all. Do not really no if I can get this censored or not. But shall try. Well since the last time I wrote we have made another move. That is all we have been doing here of late. Guess they have named this the shock division. Well accounting to the way they have been pushing us of late I'll say they have named it right. You see we will not stay in one front any length of time at all. We travel from one front to another. Give a few heavy raids and barrages and move on to another place almost all foot travel at that. Well so far the boys are all well. Besides a few minor casualties and sicknesses the old Co. F. bunch cannot be beat. We hold our own no matter where we go or what we under take to do. Weather it be to face the Boch's or on a twenty mile hike. We do all our hiking by night as it is so terribly hot in the daytime. Well how are things coming at home sure do wish we would get our mail more regular. But it is on account of the moving so often. In the last month and a half we have not been in one camp over four days and the most of them have been just a laying over at the road side during the day. We have not got any mail now again for at least a week or more and it sure does seem like a month instead of a week do not no when we may get mail again. Irving sends his regards to all. Say please tell the Girls if I do not write as often as I have been in the past not to lay in to me for Heaven knows I shall write as often as I can. We do not get much chance to write. Maybe one or two days out of the week here lately and then we may only write one letter each day at that. But tell them not to cut down on their writing as a letter here is a life savoir all right have to finish with Pencil ink ran out and is a borrowed pen at that. I will bring this to a close with love to all. Give it to the Girls to will you. From Your Loving
Son Harold L. Smith
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
American E.F. A.P.O. 715
Ok, Lt. Aug. G. Wolf
Co. C. 150 M.G.Bn.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.12.3
Object Name Letter
People Smith, Harlod L.
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Artillery (Weaponry)
Title Letter
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