||Harrison A. Talbot was born in Oshkosh, WI on November 24, 1924, the son of Harry A. Talbot and Jennie A. Greenwood Talbot. The family moved to Mundelein, IL and later to Rib Lake, WI. They returned to Oshkosh where Harrison graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1942 and attended Oshkosh Teachers College. His mother moved to Detroit where she worked in a war plant. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 1942 and completed boot camp training at San Diego, CA and went on to Camp Pendleton, CA. He shipped out to the Pacific in September 1943 and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 17th Marine Regiment (Engineers). The 17th marines were formed in January 1943 and assigned to the 1st Marine Division. They were engaged in the Battle of Peleliu from September 15 to November 15, 1944. Harrison was killed in action some time prior to October 1944, probably at Peleliu.
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||Letter from Harrison A. Talbot, Headquarters Company, 17th Marine Regiment (Engineers), 1st Marine Division in Australia, to Mrs. Florence I. Splaneman, in Oshkosh, WI.
PFC. Harrison A. Talbot
Hg. Co. 1st Bn. 17th Marines
C/o F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif. May 28, 1944
Since I have been overseas I have received many letters from you. They all contained the news of recent events on or near Delaware St. you always reminded me to write to Audrey, Ma & my Mother. Now I am taking time out to write to you.
There isn't much going on right now, the reason being that it is Sunday. We just had chow. Fried Spam, corn, dehy-spuds [dehydrated potatoes], bread & jam, & Lemonade. The army doesn't seem to go for Spam, but we consider it a treat. We get plenty of Vitamins etc. Somehow tho [though], dehydrated just isn't as good as the old fashioned kind.
Saw a movie last night. Also one the night before. You see we get entertainment. Mail gets here in record time so that makes it nice too. We have a P.X. at which we can get toilet articles, candy, some books, stationary, etc.
I know what an air raid is & also how friendly the bottom of a foxhole can be. Even if it is all mud. I like coconuts & coconut milk. I am learning which ones are best for the meat & which for the milk.
Time goes pretty fast, when you move around so it won't be long before I'm home. The way I figure it I should arrive in Oshkosh at 4:15 P.M., August 32, 1949.
I know a little bit about Australia & I met a girl who had her own teeth. "Fair Dinkum"!
I guess I'll have to sign off for now. Say! I mailed a watch home for repairs about April 23, Please let me know if it has arrived yet.
Love to All,
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||Talbot, Harrison Allen
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United States Marine Corps
Pacific Theater of Operations
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