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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University: 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3496. Letters to his family, 1918, and related personal papers of Elmore F. Belz, Dayton, Kentucky, created while he was stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He describes his military training, diet and leisure, and comments on the prevalence of influenza in the area. When he falls ill, he writes of his hospital stay in letters dated two days before his death on 7 October 1918. Includes a letter to Belz’s parents from his battery commander praising his qualities as a soldier; also includes a camp song sheet, memorial certificate, and notes and a sketch relating to Belz’s assignment to lead the construction of a tennis court at the camp.


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