Memorabilia of William "Bill" J. McNamara, 77th Division, United States Army

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Memorabilia of William "Bill" J. McNamara, 77th Division, United States Army

Description
My grandncle William "Bill" McNamara was born on 15 October, 1895 in Loughinstown, Fedamore, Co. Limerick, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States at a young age (perhaps in his late teens). His enlistment record cites "porter" as his occupation. He lived in Brooklyn. He enlisted aged 22 as a Private in the 77th Division on 27 February, 1918 (LS No. 63, Brooklyn). He was in Co. "B", 305. He was sent to France. His diary mentions Verdun. He received a Purple Heart medal. His records state that he received a "slight" gunshot wound to his right thigh. His diary contains some poems he wrote. It says that he got the diary from a French soldier at the start. There is some writing in French (e.g. notes on formations), some reminiscences about home and some descriptions of his days. After the war he returned to Brooklyn but I am not sure of his occupation after the war. He did not marry and died on 19 October, 1958, aged 63.

Summary description of items
Letter to US forces, 1919; Photocopy of letter from William to home, 1923; Discharge papers, 9 May, 1919; Diary from war; William's United States passport, 1920.

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ID
4433
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
18
Person
William "Bill" J. McNamara
Born: October 15, 1895 in Loughinstown, Fedamore, Co. Limerick
Died: October 19, 1958 in New York City, United States
Origin date
February 27, 1918 – October 16, 1923
Language
English
Front
Western Front
Location
Verdun
Contributor
Tom McNamara
Licence
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
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    William J. McNamara's United States passport

    United States

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    War diary of William J. McNamara

    France

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    War diary of William J. McNamara

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    Honorable discharge from the United States Army, 9 May, 1919

    Camp Upton, Long Island, USA

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    Honorable discharge from the United States Army, 9 May, 1919

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    Photocopy of letter from William to home, 16 October, 1923

    Brooklyn, New York

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    Letter to United States Forces, 1919, from Commander in Chief

    G.H.Q., American Expeditionary Forces, France

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    Letter to United States Forces, 1919, from Commander in Chief

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    Memorabilia of William

    Verdun

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