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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Wesley F. Diedrich First World War correspondence
    Creator: Diedrich, Wesley F.
    source: Roads, Vera D.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2014.025.w.rd
    Identifier/Call Number: 738
    Physical Description: 0.3 Linear Feet (6 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1917 October 3 - 1919 May 31
    Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence and ephemera of PFC Wesley F. Diedrich, AEF during the First World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWI 6
    Container: 4-9
    Container: 1-6

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Vera Roads. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.


    This collection is arranged by material type and date.

    Biographical / Historical

    Private First Class Wesley F. Diedrich, AMerican Expeditionary Force (12/6/1900 - 9/2/1966) was born to Nicholas John and Elizabeth Catherine Diedrich in Joliet, Illinois. PFC. Diedrich reported for training at Camp Logan, Texas, on 3 October 1917. PFC. Diedrich served in the 27th company, 108th Engineers, 33rd Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Forces in France. He sailed from New Jersey aboard the USS George Washington on May 8, 1918 bound for France and left Brest, France aboard the USS Harrisburg on May 15, 1919. PFC. Diedrich died in September 1966 and is buried in Ventura, CA.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Wesley F. Diedrich First World War correspondence (2014.025.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection is available online in Chapman University's Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.chapman.edu/wfdiedrich_collection/
    This collection contains 69 letters from PFC Wesley F. Diedrich, AEF to his parents during the First World War.
    In the first half of the collection, PFC Diedrich described his training and other happenings at Camp Logan in Houston, TX. In the second half of the collection his division went to Europe and he described cities and locations they visit.
    The collection also contains six maps, four war pamphlets, six newspaper and magazine clippings, and three photographs.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1914-1918)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1914-1918
    World War (1914-1918) -- Newspapers
    World War (1914-1918) -- Photography
    World War (1914-1918) -- France
    Roads, Vera D.