Details For Cover ID# 26507

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 15, 17
Edited on:Nov 15, 17
 
Postmark: Apr 24, 1919
Origin: Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

WW1 Soldier's Mail. 1c green (#498) and 2c rose type I (#499) tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Apr 24 1919" machine cancel on YMCA stationery to Washington, D.C. Follow-up letter from Cover ID 26503. With original two-page letter written on YMCA stationery with flag, datelined "Brooklyn Naval Yard April 24 '19".

Excerpts from letter:
"Well here we are back in New York once more, and believe me it seems good to be among white people once more. We arrived here April the eleventh after twenty four awful days on the Gulf Port. We arrived about ten days sooner than we expected on account of not taking on a load of sugar at Cuba. By the way did you get the letter I wrote you from Guantanamo Bay.
Nearly every day a small bunch of Marines come in here from overseas, men that have been in the whole show, from Chatteau-Thierry to the wind up, and its certainly interesting to hear them tell about it, and at the same time it makes us "home guards" feel kind of cheap. But when I see some of them minus legs, arms, gassed etc. I feel as though it was just as well that I didn't go. Of course its fine to be a hero but the world soon forgets them.
I got to see an honest to goodness German submarine a few days ago, it is the U111, it is here in the navy yard, just a little way from the barracks
."

The German submarine SM U-111 referred to in the letter was commissioned 30 December 1917 and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic, sinking three merchant steamers. It surrendered to the U.S. on 20 November 1918. After the war it was brought over to the Brooklyn Naval Yard.

Owner's ID: 1713
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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