Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet
Alton L. Flanders served in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines infantry battalion during World War I. The collection consists of four letters he sent to his cousin Mrs. Jason Coppernoll in Johnstown, NY, in which he documents his experiences at Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusettes in 1918, and while stationed in France with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in 1918 and 1919.
Scope and Contents: This collection of letters from Alton L. Flanders to his cousin Mrs. Jason Coppernoll in Johnstown, NY, documents Flanders' experiences in training and while stationed in France with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) during World War I. In the first letter Flanders writes from Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusettes about training, his roommate, and visits home. In later letters, sent from France, he writes of the weather, going to the movies, and being in the hospital for 2 months while suffering from the Spanish Flu. The letters are written on YMCA stationary, and the envelopes of those sent from France are stamped "AEF Passed as Censored" on the front.