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"I will be glad when this big fuss is over, and we have 'Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All.'" (Letter to mother, 8/2/1918)

   William James Bean
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Photo of William James Bean taken in France, [7/24/1918]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: 59th Artillery, Coastal Artillery Command (CAC)
Service Location: Fort Hamilton; France
Rank: Corporal
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A Military Policeman serving with the Army’s 59th Artillery, Corporal William James Bean arrived in France in April, 1918. In his correspondence with his wife and mother, he reassures them that "he has never felt better in all his life," but longs to be able to return to his home state of New York. Like many doughboys in their letters home, he comments frequently on the customs of the French people and their reactions to the war. Noting their resilience and gratitude to the American soldiers, he explains that the French civilians "all take off their hats to ‘Old Glory,’ as they see it passing by."

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 Personal Correspondence (20 items)
Postcard telling his mother that William James Bean is safe at port of debarkation [undated] Postcard telling his mother that William James Bean arrived safely overseas [undated] Letter to wife and mother [12/18/1917]
Letter to mother [12/21/1917] Letter to mother [12/24/1917] Letter to mother [1/20/1918]
Letter to mother [3/21/1918] Letter to mother [4/1918] Letter to mother [4/1918]
Letter to mother with dried flower [5/12/1918] Letter to mother [8/2/1918] Letter to mother [11/11/1918]
Letter to mother [11/24/1918] Letter to mother [1/14/1919] Postcard to wife [1/13/1919]
Christmas card, "America's Stars at Sea" [11/18/1918] Christmas card, "Old Nick's here with greetings to you while we're raising Nick with the Huns" [11/18/1918] Christmas card, "From France, where we fight for peace" [11/18/1918]
Christmas card, "Although I'm many miles away, My heart's at home this Christmas day" [11/18/1918] Christmas card, "Distance is nothing but miles" [11/18/1918] 
  
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Biography of William James Bean Newsclipping, "Safe in France with 59th Artillery" Ship's newsletter, "Published Daily on Board the Battleship New Hampshire"
  
 

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