Long Letter/photo/paper Group: Sgt. Guy Replogle - 329th Infantry /83rd Division For Sale
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Here is a paper/photo group from a Sgt. Guy A. Replogle of Co. E , 329th Infantry (83rd Div.). You get his draft notice, a small map of Paris, his troopship instructions, a stateside photo of Sgt. Replogle, and the best piece ...a very lengthy uncensored letter he wrote to his father that details everything that happened from the time they left the US. The 83rd was turned into a training division in France and he describes how the troops sent over to them before going to the lines were hopelessly untrained and their job was to make them ready for the front. His description of going over and landing in Europe is as detailed as any I have ever read. Some rough transcribed excerpts: Dear Dad , this is the first letter I have ever written since I have been in the army.. Of course when I write, I mean for both but tomorrow being Father’s Day which I suppose you have heard of before this, I will write my letter to you today (a slight mistake in the way this paragraph is written). For it isn’t likely that I will have time to write tomorrow. We get to send one letter to Dad which is not to be censored so you can look out for quite a little news that we wouldn’t be allowed to write if they were to be censored. I will start from our first day on board ship. And give you a little idea of how things have went since then up until now. Well, we crawled or rather scrambled on board ship by going up a gang plank which was just wide enough for one to walk on. From there they led us by the kitchen or rather as we called it the slum can for that is all it was thence to the hold under the kitchen which meant the third deck of the bow of the ship. If I make a mistake in spelling some of the words about the ship, well just look over them for I don’t know a H--- of a lot about a ship and don’t care to learn. I cant just remember how many soldiers there were on board the ship but there was enough on board most of them had to sleep like rats of course I was one of the lucky ones. I had been made Sgt. In the States and we finally got a better place to stay – that is after we were out about 3 or 4 days. It was on the Port Promenade right mid ship and of course we didn’t get bounced around so much. Of course our feed was the same as the rest – composed mostly of hardtack Australian rabbits and I guess mule meat. Never talk mule to me when I get back for that is one of the most unpleasant things a soldier can think of that is outside of canned beef. I forgot to tell you we were on an English ship and had plenty of tea and ever since have had no love for the English as there was an English crew manning the ship. There was a good many of the boys got seasick after the first day out but I felt just fine all the way over and hope it is the same when I go back. And I guess all the boys would like to meet all of those Englishmen when we go back and as they term it – we would choke their bloody heads off. ....and this letter goes on and on!Careful packing/shipping is a flat $2.95 anywhere in the US.Payment is expected from winning buyer within five days of invoice. Questions welcome. Note: If you enjoy reading authentic AEF firsthand accounts and/or rarely-seen WW1 photography, please look at my current sales for the new book "Hell's Observer" ...it just might be the most detailed real-time account of war from a common American doughboy's viewpoint ever recorded. Please wait for invoice if multiple purchases were made so I can combine shipping to your advantage. Thanks for looking and good luck!
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