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1918 May 26


Letter from Harrell Burke in France to his sisters in Arkansas.

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.


Somewhere in France
May 26, 1918
Dear Sisters:
I received both of your
pictures and letters and appreciate
them both. No I have not seen
anything of Lenn Hall or
Hugh Capland[.] I don't get to
see many of the men in the
aviation branch of the service.
I see the boys & girls of the
states are helping win this war
by buying stamps and saving
money in various ways. A lot
of the Unites over here have adopted
war orphans. Our unit has not
adopted one yet. I still have my
ring by my studd is gone. worried
me a good deal at first but decided
no use to cry over spilt milk. Some
one helped themselves to it or lost
it out of my picket. Mrs.
Buchanan was nice to take
all of you girls down to her
house and [illegible] with you all.
What did you all do [to] those
McCrory boys to stop them from
coming over or did somebody else
stop them. You all have been
putting on some plays[;] something
to get some of those tight birds
to turn their money a loose.
No I don't see any of those
children with their eyes out and
hands cut off but I understand
there are some here in a hospital
I am glad this was is going
on in Europe instead of
America. Some of the people
back there don't realize what
a difference it would make
for this war to be
going on in the States.
I understand we are going
to get a holiday May 30.
This morning we had Ham
and Mollases for Breakfast[;] for
Dinner "Corn Willie" baked, lettuce
and Mashed potatoes for Supper[.] Stake [sic]
and fried potatoes[.] we don't have
this every day and not every Sunday.
Must close for tonight. I am
Your Bro.
Pvt J Harrell Burke
M.R.S. 202 A.P.O. 708
American E.F.

Physical Description

Letter, 3 pages, 8" x 10.5"


World War I; War; Soldiers; Correspondence; Family


Harrell Burke

Geographical Area

Paris, France




MS.000074, Box 1, Folder 4, Item 7

Resource Type



J. Harrell Burke papers, MS.000074


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Harrell Burke to his sisters, 1918 May 26, J. Harrell Burke papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Harrell Burke to his sisters, 1918 May 26