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"I didn’t know how to appreciate the good old USA or know I loved her until I got away." (Letter to Myrtle, 5/30/1918)

   Henry Trollinger McNutt
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Page from a letter of Henry McNutt to Myrtle Barton [detail]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Navy
Unit: USS Illinois (BB 7)
Service Location: Norfolk, Virginia; Portsmouth, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlantic Ocean; Europe; France; Halifax, Nova Scotia
Rank: Fireman Second Class
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Joining the Navy because of the desperate need for American sailors, Henry McNutt went on to serve as a Fireman Second Class aboard the USS Illinois. He spent much time working in the fire rooms, where the temperature would often reach 150 degrees; as he noted, "It is no place for a weakling." Judging by his correspondence, thoughts of his girlfriend, Myrtle Barton, were a welcome distraction, and his collection chronicles their burgeoning relationship. Tragically, though he arrived safely back in the United States after service in the Atlantic, he died of "broncho-pneumonia" on September 29, 1918, only eight days after mentioning in a letter to Myrtle that he had fallen ill.

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Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [April 1, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [April 7, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [April 9, 1915]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [April 27, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [May 13, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Sunday Evening [May 24, 1915]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Knoxville. Tenn [June 4, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Ceres, VA. [June 18, 1915] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Ceres, Va. [July 7, 1915]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Astoria, L.L. NY. [Oct. 1, 1916] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Astoria, L.L. NY. [Oct. 15, 1916] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Astoria, L.L. NY. [Dec. 30, 1916]
Post Card to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Norfolk, VA. [July 14, 1917] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Norfolk, VA. [July 14, 1917] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, U.S.S. Illinois [Sept. 2, 1917]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Brooklyn, NY. [Oct. 7, 1917] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, U.S.S. George Washington [Oct. 28, 1917] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, U.S.S. George Washington [Nov. 6, 1917]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [Feb 3, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [Feb 22, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Halifax, N.S. [March 12, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, U.S.S. Lake Placid Somewhere in France [April 14, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, At Sea May 30, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Somewhere in U.S.A. [June 8, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Army and Navy YMCA [June 16, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [June 25, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 4, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 7, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 11, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 14, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 16, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 17, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 19, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, [July 23, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Somewhere in Scotland [Aug. 20, 1918] Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Norfolk, VA. [Sept. 18, 1918]
Letter to Myrtle from Henry McNutt, Norfolk, VA. [Sept. 21, 1918] Post Card to Myrtle from Henry McNutt Post Card to Myrtle from Henry McNutt
Post Card to Myrtle from Henry McNutt Post Card to Myrtle from Henry McNutt "Kiss From France" Post Card
  
 

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