October 20, 1918 Letter from Sgt. Benomia Ely 184th U.S. Army Aero Squadron American Expeditionary Force on Active Duty in France
by (Americana - WWI - American Expeditionary Forces - Manuscript - Illinois)
France: Not Published, 1918. 4-page letter; written in black ink on lined American Y.M.C.A. On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Force letterhead; writing to "Dear Friend Martha" (Martha Ash of Harristown, Macon Co. Illinois); "...you should be over here where you could police(?) a great deal of knowledge from actual observation. It's a gay life. Our Mothers are fighting the battle we are all having a continuous round of thrilling adventure. It has rained here all day and of all the music I ever hear we had it, just now some of the boys are having religious service in one end of the barracks. We have some church books and besides this, most of the popular songs of the states. One of our fellows can surely handle a piano. We also have violins, mandolins, drums, cornets & clarinets, not only that but lots of good talent...I wouldn't have missed the coming over for anything...This is one beautiful country thru here some old chateaus and cathedrals which were old landmarks in 1400....Everything is interesting even the cemetery....Had some wonderful rides in machines over here, that has given me a chance to see lots of this country...We have good amusements in town, like theatres and cafes...it is all wonderful..." signing as Sergeant Benomia N. Ely 184 Aero Squadron, U.S. Army France; approx. 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" size; light cream color paper; with the original YMCA imprint mailing envelope, with censorship marks and postal cancellations; (with) 2 unused black & white postcards of Tours, France, Thiriat Toulouse imprint visible on one; old fold lines, mailing envelope darkened; in very good condition. Our research indicates that the U.S. Army 184th Aero Squadron was established Dec. 17, 1917 and was part of the A.E.F. July 7, 1918 - March 1919; the squadron trained as a service support squadron in England and was demobilized in March of 1919.. Manuscript. Not Bound. Very Good.
(Inventory #: 23964)
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