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Admin/Biog History Rolland S. Retelle was born in Manistee, MI on March 30, 1895, the son of Albert Retelle. The family moved to Oshkosh circa 1896 and he graduated from Oshkosh High School and the Business College. He worked as a stenographer for the Oshkosh District Attorney D. K. Allen. He was drafted July 18, 1918 and trained at Camp Hancock, Georgia. He shipped out for France September 25, 1918. He was hospitalized with pneumonia on October 5, 1918 and died October 15, 1918 in Brest, France. He was burried in the American Cemetery, Lambezellec, Finisters, France and reburried at Riverside Cemetery in Lot 4, Block 5.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Letter to Albert Retelle from his son Rolland S. Retelle, Machine Gun Company Replacement Depot, from a transport ship in New York harbor.

New York City
Sept. 25, 1918

My dearest parents:

Just a line to let you know I am just about ready to sail. We are on the boat & are just waiting for some more men to come on board. We will take about 4,500 men over, besides the crew. There are about 250 men in the crew. We are on a French boat & it sure is a big one. I can't tell you as much as I would like to, but I will write you some real long letters after I get there.
My address will be Pvt. Rolland S. Retelle, 6th. Provisional Co., S.A.R.D. Camp Hancock, A.E.F. All mail addressed as above will reach me. Please write me as it seems a long while since I got any mail from home. It probably will be some time before I do get any. Well folks a good soldier can & will stand anything & you can tell the whole town that you have a real soldier son.
Well must close but you will hear from me soon after we get "over there". Best regards to Levi & Al & all my friends.
With lots of love I am, your loving son,
Rolla.

Have seen lots of things already. Saw some American & French war boats & also have seen what we could of New York City from the boat. We are not allowed to leave the boat & I am writing this little note while lying in my bunk. Will tell you all about our trip after we get there. Men on the crew say it takes about 8 days to go over. We probably will be "over there" by a week from tomorrow.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.9.1
Object Name Letter
People Retelle, Rolland S.
Subjects World War I
Soldiers
Ships
Title Letter
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