Joseph Walter O'Malley World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: One pocket diary, 3 by 5 inches, covering the period from August, 1918, to May, 1919. O'Malley served as an orderly in the 342nd Infantry, 86th ('Blackhawk") Division, and sailed to France on the "Minnekahda," on September 9, 1918. Diary is in the form of a running narrative, written after the fact, possibly aboard the ship returning from France. Narrative focuses on means of transport and accommodation at each new stop in the deployment, rather than on daily activities or the routine of camp life. Separate from the narrative, O'Malley lists the officers he served as orderly, including one, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis T. Griffith, who committed suicide in France on April 8, 1919.