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Martin L. Frank First World War correspondence and other materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-044-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence and other materials relating to Ck. Martin L. Frank, AEF to his mother during the First World War. Included are four letters, two photographic postcards, three decorative postcards, one photograph of Ck. Frank in his uniform, one clipping, one roster, one unit history of the 310th Infantry 78th Division, one identification disc for Martin L. Frank, one WWI Victory Medal with three bars for St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defensive Sector, and one field helmet with the 78th Division logo on the side.

The first postcard is undated and shows a photograph of four cooks with Ck. Frank on the far right. The other photographic postcard includes a photograph of several soldiers as well as some French citizens and Ck. Frank is highlighted by an arrow drawn in pen.

The correspondence begins while Frank is at Camp Dix in November 1917 and continues on into Frank's service in France. Two letters were written from Montigny, France in February 1919 and one of the postcards was written by his twin brother, George Frank, letting his mother know he is still alive.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1917 November 26 - 1975 November 6
  • Majority of material found within 1917 November 26 - 1919 February 25

Physical Description

The two straps for the helmet are brittle and have broken off; they sit loosely with the helmet.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Cook Martin Luther Frank, American Expeditionary Force (11/10/1894 - 10/1979) was born in New York City, New York with an identical twin named George, who also served in France during the First World War, and worked as a chauffeur for G.N. Rowe when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He trained at Camp Dix in New Jersey and served in Europe with Company K, 310th Infantry, 78th Division at St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. After the war he married his wife Ruth and they had a daughter, Joyce. He died in Sherrill, New York in 1979.

Extent

0.15 Linear feet (2 folders)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence and other materials relating to Ck. Martin L. Frank, AEF during the First World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type, and the correspondence is arranged chronologically regardless of author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell (Joyce) Wubker.

Physical Description

The two straps for the helmet are brittle and have broken off; they sit loosely with the helmet.
Title
Martin L. Frank First World War correspondence and other materials
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
4/30/2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States