||Frank Obersteiner was born March 4, 1894. In 1914 he is listed as a chairmaker for Buckstaff Company in Oshkosh. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on March 1, 1914. He saw active service on the Mexican Border in 1916. In World War I, Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division. He was promoted to sergeant, saw active service in France and was poison gassed on July 15, 1918 near Champaigne, France. He recovered and returned to duty on August 1, 1918. While the non-commissioned officer's were holding a meeting on October 22, 1918, a German artillery shell landed in the group, killing him and wounding several others. He received shrapnel to the head and died instantly. He was buried in the field and later reburied in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.
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||Letter from Frank Obersteiner, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his mother in Oshkosh, WI. It is written in her native tongue of German and translated here:
Some Where's in France
July 21, '18
(Translated from German)
You have probably heard by now that I am in the hospital with a slight wound, but it is of no great importance, it is more illness than wound, by now I am already in good condition. I believe that in a week or so I shall be back with the Company. I have it very good here in the hospital.
Next to me is a Britisher, who has already been through four years of war without being wounded, now he is here because of a slight fever.
Probably there is much talk about us, but I bet it was all exaggerated. Hopefully you did not and will not believe everything. Don't worry, I am doing quite well and hope soon to repay the "Boche".
I close for now with regards for everybody.
Especially regards to you
Your loving son
Base Hospital #66
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150th Machine Gun Battalion
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