Edward H. Imberger World War I papers | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One pocket diary, 2.5 by 5 inches, 93 pp., compiled by Sergeant First Class Edward H. Imberger, 101st Field Hospital, 26th "Yankee" Division (comprised of New England soldiers), during World War I. Diary spans July 1917 to April 1919. Entries describe seasickness during the crossing to France in September 1917, after which Imberger developed pneumonia and underwent an operation and convalescence. Back with his unit, Imberger chronicled the frequent movements of the field hospital, following the American army before and during its engagements beginning in July 1918 at Chateau-Thierry, through to the Armistice in November 1918 and the effects of the influenza epidemic that continued after hostilities ceased. Details include the number of cases seen at each location, names of soldiers who died in the hospital, transport from one location to the next, and brief accounts of aerial and artillery combat witnessed.
Three typed letters (two dated August 1917, one undated) from Edward H. Imberger to his wife, Estella D. Hahn; one letter from daughter Wilhelmina dated April 1918. Unidentified newspaper clipping containing [June 1918] letter from Imberger to his parents, describing duties and daily life behind the front lines in France. Typed verse addressed to First Sergeant. Typed passes and orders. Two French ticket stubs, possibly for train travel between Paris and La Ferte-sous-Jouarre.
One photograph in glass frame, presumably of Imberger; small inset photograph of Imberger with family.
One copy "Drill Regulations and Service Manual for Sanitary Troops" (United States Army, 1914). One copy Feldgefangbuch of biblical verse for German soldiers (Berlin, 1897), marked "Taken from German Prisoner Sept 1918."
One button from German army uniform, decorated with Imperial Eagle bearing the initials FR (Fredericus Rex), marked "Extra Fein EAQ" on the back. One German pfennig, 1901. Four Massachusetts Volunteer Militia marksman medals with service bars for the years 1904-1909, 1911.
One Blue Star Service Flag, 15 by 30 inches, red border, white field, blue star.