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“My twenty-third birthday occurs next week. Despite your two additional years, you may yet outlive me.” (Letter to sister, 11/22/1917)

   Leo Joseph Bailey
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Leo Bailey in uniform, Westdale, NY [7/1917]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division; Prisoner of War Escort Company 85, Army Service Corps
Service Location: Fort Slocum, New York; Syracuse, New York; France
Rank: Sergeant
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Leo Joseph Bailey was wounded at Belleau Wood while diving for his dugout during an artillery attack, and would spend two months recuperating in various hospitals. Despite his injury, he later looked back fondly on this period. In his memoir, he recalled sleeping in a bed for the first time in nearly a year, and awaking to clean linens and a hearty breakfast as “the ideal life of a soldier’s dreams,” even if his days were punctuated by the daily dressing of wounds. After several months, he was classified as fit for light duty behind the lines and transferred to Prisoner of War Escort Company 85.

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»Photo Album  (18 photos)
»Memoir and scrapbook: "The War As I Saw It" by Leo J. Bailey
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Transcript of original letters, "Letters Home from Leo J. Bailey, World War I in France." Letter from Leo J. Bailey [6/21/1918] Letter from Leo J. Bailey to his mother [11/17/1918
Memoir: "My Trip to France With the Am. Leg. In 1927" by Leo J. Bailey, with photographs. [1927] Memoir: "Trip to Europe '68" by Leo J. Bailey, written for surviving comrades and family members of his fellow soldiers [1968]. 

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