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UXQ-0004, WWI US Army "War Mothers and Widows Pilgrimage" Grouping 307th Infantry

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Item #18998

This is a very sad but extremely rare piece of history. This is a grouping all belonging to the mother of a soldier killed in France.  The soldier was Private Oliver M. Lanpher who served with Company H of the 307th Infantry, 77th Division.  The 77th Division had most of the units involved in the Lost Battalion action.  The grouping consists of an original Memorial Services on board the S.S. Washington en route to France with a program inside.  This is in good condition with minor age from storage.  Next is a program for a memorial to the 307th Infantry in Central Park New York on May 30th, 1927.  This memorial lists all of the 590 soldiers killed during the war.  It also has a color unit crest on the cover.  The next two are a photograph during the ceremony of Private Oliver M. Lanpher and a Gold Star card listing all of the details of his death and grave.  He was killed during the Meuse Argonne Offensive on 2 October 1918.  Next is a period post card photo of two soldiers with 1 May 1918 and Ollie written on the back we assume as this whole group came from the family that one of the two soldiers in the picture is Private Oliver M. Lanpher.  Another additional picture is of a group of women standing on the side of a road during a battlefield tour and it is marked on the back Laura L Lanpher with an X showing where she was standing in the photo.  Additionally there are two post cards of the ships used there and back for the memorial.  One additional paper showing the obituary in the Oakland Tribune on 24 December 1918.  Lastly are two letters that were written home by Private Oliver M. Lanpher.  One was written home from Camp Kearny in California in March 1918 and the other was written home about two weeks before his death in September 1918.  The second is a very sad letter to read knowing he was going to die in a few weeks.  Lastly a 1st edition history of the 77th Division printed in 1919 by the division association. VG+, showing light age and wear. Embossed, colorful cover, 228 pages, 12” x 9” well illustrated. This volume covers the 77th from its inception (25 Aug 1917) thru to the end of the war. The 77th saw heavy combat with over 9500 combat casualties. They served in both the Argonne and Meuse-Argonne offensives.Overall an amazing grouping of documents that are a reminder of why war is so terrible.

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