Joseph L. Daniel World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: One paper jacket for "Individual Pay Record Book" marked Joseph Daniels Number 1486506. One sewing kit. One photograph. One Great War medal with attached bars for St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne Defensive Sector. One felt patch, 36th Infantry Division, arrowhead shaped with capital letter T inset. Two felt chevrons. One small roster book, two by four inches, listing names and home towns of men in unit, as well as diagrams of gear and uniform parts. One notebook, three by five inches, containing a 28 pp. narrative of the author's experience, written just before the return voyage in May, 1919, beginning with the departure from Camp Bowie on July 9, 1918; voyage to France from July 18-30; battle of St. Etienne on October 8-9, in which the author was slightly wounded in the eye; recuperation in Paris; rejoining his regiment in late October; and hearing news of the armistice. Author may have been part of the 142nd Infantry.