This collection contains seven correspondence from Cpl. Elmer L. Huff, USA and one correspondence from Pvt. Clarence R. Freed,
USA during the Second World War.
Corporal Elmer Lewis Huff, United States Army (4/20/1893 - 2/11/1953) was born in Abilene, Kansas to parents Frank and Expiercine
"Exie" Huff. He enlisted on April 28, 1918, trained at Camp Funston in Fort Riley, Kansas, and served with an automatic rifle
squad in Company I, 353rd Infantry, National Army 89th Division. He left Brooklyn, New York aboard the Pyrrhus on June 4,
1918 (passenger manifest, ancestry.com) and wrote his first letter in this collection from Pronsfeld, Germany (dated February,
1918 by mistake). He was a private until his last letter he wrote as a corporal in April 1919. He served until his discharge
on June 2, 1919 and after the war lived with his sister Grace and her husband Leslie Taylor and their new daughter Arlene.
He later married a woman named Bessie D. from Illinois, and settled in Springfield where he worked as a dentist. Elmer passed
away in Springfield in 1953 and is interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery.