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Date Original

1917 July 13

Description

Letter from J. Harrell Burke in Little Rock to his parents. Harrell talks about going to the recruiting office for examination.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jasper Harrell Burke served as a clerk for the Army Mechanical Repair Shops, American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I from January 1918 to June 1919. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant by May 1919.

Transcription

Dec 13 1917
Dear Mama & Papa & all
Arrived here all
Ok this morning.
We got up at seven and
then at got our breakfast. Then
went to the recruiting office
about eight. was examined
about ten o'clock. Lee and
myself passed all right [sic]
but Will Greenfield was
turned down on account
of being too Light.
We leave here tonight
for Jefferson Barracks
Mo. where we will go
through the final examina
tions. don't know what
they are going to do with
my feet up there. The
doctor pronounced them
flat and in the third
degree.
I talked to Mr. Garner
and Mable this morning
they invited me out to
dinner but I hated to go
off and leave the other
boys so I didn't go.
The army recruiting
office gave us a meal
check when we passed
the examination.
All of the boys or at
least the majority of
them seem to be pretty
nice fellows that are
joining now.
Will close for
this time
Your Son
Harrell

Physical Description

Letter, 3 pages, 6.25" x 9.5"

Subjects

World War I; War; Soldiers; Recruiting and enlistment; Correspondence

Contributor

Harrell Burke

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000074, Box 1, Folder 1, Item 1

Resource Type

Image

Collection

J. Harrell Burke papers, MS.000074

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Harrell Burke to his parents, 1917 January 13, J. Harrell Burke papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Military History | United States History

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