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Admin/Biog History James J. Regnery grew up in Oshkosh, but was living in South Dakota when World War I began. He became a member of Company B, Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division. He was killed on the night of February 19, 1918 at about 7:30 PM while in the trenches on only the second day near Seicheprey, France. A piece of schrapnel entered his left shoulder in the back and pierced his heart. He was buried in the American Cemetery at Mandres-Meurthe et Moselle, Grave #154. He was later moved to Grave No. 16, Row 19, Block B, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiacourt, Meurthe et Moselle, France.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation December 29, 1918
Abstract Letter from Musician Jesse Maninger, Headquarters Company, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division, Army of Occupation in Germany, to Andrew Regnery concerning his sister and brother living in Germany. Maninger is staying in their home and relates the following:

December 29, 1918
Priun(?), Germany

Dear Sir:

I am an American soldier in the army of occupation, and at present am quartered in your sister's house. They have asked me to write you a few lines, as they have not heard from you since before the war. They are all well, except Mr. Mohr [brother-in-law] he is not in good health. The oldest boy was in the war four years and was wounded several times but he is well again and is now at home.

They thought perhaps one of your sons might have been in the American Army and that perhaps he would come and visit them, but as yet they haven't seen or heard anything from him. [They were obviously not aware of the death in combat of his son James Regnery.]

It is quite an experience to be here, and we are fortunate to be quartered here, as your sister makes it just as pleasant as possible for us.

Through me they wish you a happy New Year.

Yours Truly,
Musician Jesse Maninger

PS. Your brother John's oldest boy was killed in the war and the second oldest was wounded and is now in the hospital.

Your sister would like a photograph of her youngest brother, and also they would like to have you visit them as soon as peace is signed, so that it will be possible for you to come.

Musician Jesse Maninger
Hdq. Co., 353rd Inf., 89th Div.
American E. F.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.11.6
Object Name Letter
People Regnery, James J.
Subjects World War I
Wounds & injuries
Death & burial
Military occupations
Emigration & immigration
Title Letter
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