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Admin/Biog History Alfred A. Thelen was born in Oshkosh on January 6, 1891, the son of Stephen Thelen. He worked for the Witzel & Rossmeissl shoe store and became a partner in Thelen & Rossmeissl. He was drafted in April 1918 and did his basic training at Camp Grant, near Rockford, IL. Corporal Alfred A. Thelen became a member of Company F, 354th Infantry, 89th "Middle West" Division during World War I. The 89th Division was comprised of draftees from mid-western states and trained at Camp Funston, Kansas. They saw heavy action during World War I. Alfred died of pneumonia on November 24, 1918.
Classification Archives
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Letter from Alfred A. Thelen, Company F, 354th Infantry, 89th "Middle West" Division, to his sister.

Sept. 3, 1918
Dear Sister Christine:
Just a few lines from your brother, I am feeling fine come out lucky so far, and hope I continue the same. It's been about 4 weeks since I last wrote, but I never had a chance, and I am lucky today. I received Father and Mothers letter and about 20 from you girls but you let the girls read this & tell them I couldn't write as we are and have been in the drive. All I can say at present I am feeling fine and nothing to bother me only the Germans. I talked to lots of the prisoners and they are tickled to be taken, and they are absolutely tired of the war. I saw several thousand of them they were old and young from 14 to 20 and from 35 to 60 just think there is no wonder they are tired and can't hold us young fellows from 21 to 31. I pray every day often that I come out lucky and also that it may end soon, so I hope you all do the same for me, as I surely need it now if ever.
I am glad everything is fine home, and all feeling fine, and my greatest wish is to see you all once more my how wonderful it will be, how I will appreciate home once again.
You just take the best of care of our parents till I get back there, I'll do my duty again.
I appreciated those cigarettes the girls sent me and also those paper dollars, I won't have a chance to write them just let them read this, till I get more time.
This is all I have time for, give love to the Folks and to all the Girls, Frona, Charley, Kathryn Lona, Margaret & Art and yourself, from your brother,
Corp. Alfred A. Thelen
Co. F. 354 Inf.
American Exp. Forces
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.32.5
Object Name Letter
People Thelen, Alfred A.
Subjects World War I
Title Letter
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