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John B. Exum, Jr Correspondence, March 1919

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Charmesson CARTE POSTALE FRANCE March 30-10 [post mark] U.S.ARMY POST OFFICE M.P.E 2PM APR 2 1919 Dear Mother The 81st DIVISION better known as the "WILDCAT'S", is a National Army composed of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and most States. Arrived in France Aug. 16, 1918. Activities: East of St. Die and Raon-l'Etape sector, Vosges, Mts. Sept. 18 to Oct. 19 (brigaded with 20th French Division); Sommedieue sector between Haudiemen works and Benzee-en-Woevre Nov 7-11, Argonne-Meuse drive, north of Verdun. Insignia:Wildcat of varying color. Selected in the belief that the division could emulate it in its fighting qualities. Which it did. Your devoted Son J.B.Epum WITH COD 306Ani.Tr. A.F.O. 7.91 A.E.F. [purple stamp] A.E.F. PASSED AS CENSORED. *A.3228* [Right side of card] Rec'd April 25Mrs J.B.Epum, Fremont, N.C. U.S.A.

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[On the left hand side there is a logo for the American YMCA]

ON ACTIVE SERVICE

WITH THE

AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

March 30 1919

Chamesson France

Dear mother:-

I have just recived your letter o March 10, tellin me about you and grandma returning from La grauge and what a nice time you had.

You told me that Louis Hummel was in Co.D. 306 Egineers. I know him well and would like very much to see him. He must not be in this town or I would have

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[2] ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE [left side of heading] AMERICAN Y.M.C.A.

seen him. So many French names are spelled almost alike. I guess he is in some small place near hear. The snow is about six inches deep on the ground here now. We did not have to work to-day so I am writing. I have just finished a letter to Fred Mayo. I have just returned from the picture show. It is night now and snow-ing hard.

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[3] ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE [ left side of heading] AMERICAN Y.M.C.A.

Before the show was over it snowed so hard that we could hardly see the pictures. My feet get so cold standing in that slush of snow and mud that I came back and pulled off my boots to warm my feet. We made snowcream this evening in an old bacon can. We used condensed milk and flavored it with powdered cinamon. We ate it while we shivered and

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[4] ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE [left side of heading] AMERICAN Y.M.C.A.

all declared it was fine. I sent you a card today about the wild-cats. Write to me as often as you have time. Your loving son, Jn-o Ym.

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