Tentmates

April 16, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“Am in a tent with seven other Camp Dodge boys:

Heisen, Hebners, Burgie, Erickson, Ikjlekjon, Green & Templin.”


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I’ll just apologize to the memories and families of these fine men now, because that is really the best I can do in transcribing their names. Any and all corrections are welcome. Here’s one possible translation of the worst of these names:

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This name is from a roster of the 140th Infantry, where Robert was eventually assigned. It’s close enough to make me suspect this might have been the name he was trying to record.

But I’m a little too obsessive to not look a little further. Turns out they were two St. Paul boys who ended up both serving in Company B of the 140th Infantry Regiment. 

Mr. Igelkjon was on the same ship as Robert when they returned from France almost exactly one year later.

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These are from the  U.S. Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, showing the soldiers aboard the Nansemond in the spring of 1919. 

But now I’m getting way ahead of myself.


Tents at Camp Mills, July 1918:

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Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

Next: Life at Camp Mills

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