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"It is not very healthy to lay in them darned dugouts day after day. I don’t feel much effect yet but am afraid I will in the future." (Transcript, page 27)

   Hubert Joseph Wesselman
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Pvt. Hubert J. Wesselman [1918]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Platoon, Company L, 354th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, American Expeditionary Force (AEF)
Service Location: France; Germany
Rank: Private
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Hubert Wesselman served with the 89th Division in France and Germany, fighting in the Battle of St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. During his service, he expressed concerns about the long-term impact of his wartime experiences. His daughter later noted that it was evident to his family that he struggled to cope with the horrors he had suffered, but professional support for service members returning from battle was largely unavailable at the time. Tragically, after enduring war, the Great Depression, and years of strenuous work as a farmer, Wesselman took his own life at the age of 61.

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 Diaries
»Diary and address book [1918]
 Memoir
»A Short Memorandum by Pfc. Hubert Wesselman
[PDF: 12 MB / 47 p.]
 Official Documents (4 items)
Enlistment record and Honorable Discharge Certificate, "Columbia Gives to Her Son the Accolade of the New Chivalry of Humanity." 354th Infantry, Co. L., Honor Roll and Roster
WWI Victory Medal with devices for battles at the Meuse-Argonne, St.-Mihiel, and Defensive Sector  
  
 

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