Karl Switzer First World War correspondence
This collection contains one letter from Pvt. Karl Switzer, AEF to his father A.H. Switzer during the First World War. The letter was written on September 21, 1917 at 2:30 pm from Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts while training with Headquarters Company, 301st Infantry.
Pvt. Switzer discusses arriving by train from Derry and locating the barracks, their first dinner, and receiving their initial materials such as mess kits, blankets, ponchoon and cot, awaiting uniforms the next day. He also mentions they have a pool table and piano for amusement in the barracks.
- 1917 September 21
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Private Karl Switzer, American Expeditionary Force (12/1/1894 - 9/15/1941) was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont to Albert Henry "A.H." and Belle Emaline Switzer. He joined the Army on June 5, 1917 and trained at Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts with Headquarters Company 301st Infantry.
Having trained as a pianist in Boston under John Orth (student of Franz Liszt) and working as a pianist for presentations at the Boston Opera Company, he was a member of the 301st US Infantry Band, Company G, APC 773, 76th Division (General Pershing's Headquarters Band). He played a publicity tour for victory loan drives and a concert in Paris in 1918.
He was discharged on August 14, 1919 after earning the rank of Corporal. He died in Newton Massachusetts in 1941 at the age of 46.
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This collection contains one letter from Pvt. Karl Switzer, AEF to his father Albert during the First World War.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Laurie Switzer.
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