J. Wallace Williams First World War correspondence
This collection contains the correspondence from Lt. J. Wallace Williams, AEF, to his parents in Ottawa, Kansas, during the First World War. The collection also contains three newspaper clippings and three photographs.
Lt. Williams was a pilot during his service, but being an officer it seems he saw little action. He served in France but describes spending most of his time in chateaus with the local people. In a few of his letters he mentions serving with African American soldiers, whom he refers to as "coloreds" or "negros," although he doesn't have anything negative to say.
Letter dated July 28, 1918: "The war may be over in a short while. Pershing says, 'Hell, Heaven, or Broadway by Thanksgiving."
Letters dated in November 1918 indicate the war is coming to an end and their excitement over that news. Williams eventually returned home in March 1919.
- Creation: 1917 November 24 - 1919 March 24
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Biographical / Historical
Colonel John Wallace Williams, American Expeditionary Forces (2/27/1897 - ) was born in Franklin County, Kansas and flew with the AEF during the First World War, arriving in France July 1918 and returning home March 1919. As a scout, he flew a 300 mile mission in two hours forty minutes over France and Germany, but spent most of his time joy riding a small plane called a Newport and enjoying the chateaus at which he stayed with a French officer's family. After the war, he married Leona B. Curry on September 8, 1928 and had two children, Dimma and John, Jr. He later became a flight instructor for the military as a Colonel and even swore in his own son to begin flight training.
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This collection contains the correspondence from Lt. J. Wallace Williams, AEF, to his parents during the First World War. The collection also contains three newspaper clippings and three photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Elmira Reavis. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll. This collection does not have a donation form.
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