Lewis J Ashby Letters

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Twenty-seven letters written by Private Lewis J. Ashby to his girlfriend Mildred A. Neher while serving in France, and occupied Germany. Lewis J. Ashby (sometimes spelled Louis in military documents) served with the 2nd Battalion of the 117th Engineers during World War I. This battalion was recruited at the outbreak of the war for immediate active service as combat engineers who performed the dangerous work of building roads, bridges, and putting up barb wire, often while under enemy fire. The 2nd Battalion was the first complete unit from California to see active service in France and the only one to serve through all of the campaigns on all of the important fronts.

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Imprint: American Y.M.C.A. logo Soldiers Mail [Postmark: US Military Postal ?? Service 21 A?? ????]

[? illegible] Sgt. 2nd Bn. 117 Engrs A.E.F.

To: Miss Mildred Neher 402 East 1st St, Long Beach, Calif. U.S.A.

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Letterhead: AMERICAN Y.M.C.A. logo

ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Aug, 15, 1917.

Dear Mildred: —

No, I'm not peeved. How could I be. Just neglected to write a line or two to a "bon ami" (not meant for the scouring stuff sold at the stores). I really think you are rather brief in your writing. But I feel pretty free to write because "Looie" is in gay Paree se soir and he won't know I have written — ha! ha!

Thank you very much for the card, Mrs. Neher, because I don't think M. deserves to be thanked for what she wrote. Of course, if I wasn't sure it was alright I would-

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write such harsh words.

I guess tonight I must have a streak like the one I had the night you and I ate the ice cream and then toped it off with a tamale. Oh! my, and Mildred that she might die, too! Se trist!

I am certainly glad to hear that you are at the beach. You ought to be happy now. Glad you have a good job. Hope your Grandparents are well and give them my Bon jours. —

It is getting so dark I can't see so I must close. Excuse the scrawl for I haven't much to write on.

Bon sante et l'espere pour votre letre.

As ever

Laurence.

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Pvt. L.J. Ashby Co. "F" 117 Reg. Engrs.

Postmarked: U.S. Army Postal Service Mar 15 6 PM

Miss Mildred Neher 316 Ave. 64th Garvanza Los Angeles, Calif U.S.A.

Stamped: A.E.F. Passed as Censored OK Lt HF Pueival

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Mar. 5, 1918 "Somewhere in France"

Dearest Mildred,

I know you have been wondering why I haven't written. No, dear, I didn't forget you. A heavy beam was dropped on my right foot and broke my right foot. While in the hospital I contracted scarlet fever and they wouldn't allow me to write. I was in the hospital over a month. I am back with the company now and am feeling fine.

We are now wearing steel helmets and carry a French and English gas mask. We also

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