Walter H. Curtain World War I Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Consists of 23 letters from Walter H. Curtain, serving with the 65th Company, Transportation Corps, in France, to his parents and other relatives, dating from May, 1918, to June, 1919. Also includes a pocket diary, 3.5 by 5.5 inches, covering the period from August, 1918, to July, 1919. Describes voyage aboard transport "Martha Washington," including torpedo scare near French coast. Detail included supervising African-American troops and loading ammunition trains. Diary and letters include observations on race in the military, French village life, food, and camp routine. Returned to U.S. aboard S. S. George Washington in late June, 1919, on the same voyage that carried President Woodrow Wilson back from the Versailles treaty talks.
Also includes two postcard photographs of the author, a postcard of the S. S. George Washington, and a pay record book.