Martin Sorich World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: Consists of two pocket diaries, one for 1918 (2 by 4 inches) and one for 1919 (2 by 3 inches), covering the period from February, 1918, to November, 1919. Sorich served as corporal, 67th Field Artillery Brigade, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, American Expeditionary Force in France. Duties consisted primarily of caring for the horse of General Charles H. McKinstry, and accompanying the general and his successor on daily rides. Brief entries describe daily routine and occasional aerial dogfights, as well as a visit to a French brothel, noting the price paid.