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1918 July 29


Letter from Pvt. J. Harrell Burke in France to his sister in Wynne, Arkansas.

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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.


Verneuil France
July 29 1918
Dear Sis:
Your letter of the 25, of
June received about the middle
of last week. I have written
Roland three times and used
the address he sent me on his
letter. Mail is hard to get where
troops are moving around all the
time. I am going to write him
again in a few days, in
your next letter you send the
address you use. I got a
letter from Harold Harris
Saturday night. It tickled
me as much as a 4 yr old Boy's
first pair of Pants tickles him.
You bet I can remember
How Mr. H.A. use to question
and look at you or all of us
and then turn and walk
the floor and then turn and
look again but that time you
wanted to answer.
Well I guess Hubert is
another one of those fellows
who got into the Army and
didn't believe in obeying orders
I guess he will now. The money
he borrowed from me I have
forgotten about it. Almost. Don't
remember the amount.
I guess Tom's visits did raise
a little curiosity[.] did you say
Minnie is she in Wynne
now or just happened to be
visiting at the time.
There is a wheat field so
clost [sic] to us that we can hear
the men cutting their wheat
so I stopped and went over
to watch them but I got there
just in time to see them leave
We Allies are sure putting
the fixing on the enemy now
if the chase continues it won't
be long untill [sic] the Germans
will be on their soil and then
they will not be long about
putting up their hands.
It would be dandy if the
three Stafford brothers could get
together, it is hard to get transferred
from one place to another in
the Army. if every body that
wanted to transfer was allowed
to, it would keep the orginization [sic]
torn up all the time.
I guess by this time the
people are eating pure wheat
bread, I am of the same oppinion [sic]
as you. this war may last
longer than we expect it too [sic]
but I am hoping it will end
this fall.
Today I was on K.P. but I
didn't mind it. We have got a
good bunch of fellows as well
as a good officer. Each man is
going to have to serve a day at
a time.
I received a couple of papers
and a Literary Digest also, a
letter from mama to day
Since we have moved to our new
location we don't have any place to go
so naturally we stay at "Home" a good
Your Bro.
Pvt J Harrell Burke
Headquarters Co. Motor Transport Reconstructing
U.S.A. P.O. 772 A.E.F.

Physical Description

Letter, 4 pages, 8" x 10.5"


World War I; War; Soldiers; Family; Correspondence


Harrell Burke

Geographical Area





MS.000074, Box 1, Folder 6, Item 7

Resource Type



J. Harrell Burke papers, MS.000074


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Letter, Harrell Burke to his sister, 1918 July 29, J. Harrell Burke papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Harrell Burke to his sister, 1918 July 29