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Diary of Quartermaster Erwin M. Hirschfelder of San Francisco, July 1917-May 1919, stationed at Camp Kearny, California and also spent time on the U.S.A.T. Logan in Siberia in 1919.

Camp Kearny 1917 - 1919 81 candid photos, 1 real photo postcard, 8 x 4.5, cloth covered soft boards with leather corners, 179 of 185 pages have entries. Covers worn, creased, warped (from all the photos and newspaper clippings pasted in), contents have some offsetting, light soiling and creasing. Erwin M. Hirschfelder, of Ventura and San Francisco, CA, a graduate of the University of California, turned down a commission as a second lieutenant in the USMC to become a quartrmaster in the Army. Except for a few months aboard the Logan he spent his service time at Camp Kearny. Much is written on the details of camp life, the many units who passed through on their way overseas; French and British officers giving instruction in methods of European warfare; Major Wm. Mayo, MD, being assigned to the camp scarlet fever epidemic at camp and the 159th regt quarantined; Spanish Influenze outbreak sweeping the country; earthquake felt on Coronado Beach at 3 p.m. on April 21, 1918 and the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto almsost destroyed; first U.S. troopship torpedoed in the Atlantic on Feb. 7, 1918; lots of funerals in camp; visitors to the camp such as the governors of Utah and Colorado visiting their troops, Billy Sunday, Mme. Melba and even Mary Pickford. One of the photos shows Pickford visiting the camp. Other photos show various areas of Camp Kearny, Company L of the 21st Inf in the mess; "watching" the World Series on a tote board; 7th Calif regt; 160th Inf; war vessels at San Diego; the San Diego Exposition grounds being used as a naval training station; Hotel Grant; Hotel Coronado; troop ships, Siberia. Many social activities for this young quartermaster clerk: Jewish charity ball, dance in honor of Mary Pickford at Hotel Grant, military hop at Hotel Coronado with Mary Pickford as the guest of honor, Pasadena Rose Carnival, military balls, visits to the Coronado Polo and Country Club and so on. Included with the diary are a Certificate of Exemption for Military Service and a 4-page TLS to his uncle detailing camp life, both items from 1917, Masonic Certificate (he became a 32nd degree Mason March of 1918), 2 identical U.S. Army Vessel Personal Identification Records dated August 1918, "postcard" from Siberia, Jan. 1919, copy of a letter also from Jan. 1919, from the "Master" of the Logan thanking Capt. Hashimoto of the Tenyo Maru for his offer of assistance during the fire aboard the U.S.A.T. Logan (the Logan made stops between Honolulu, Nagasaki and Vladivostock) and Hirschfelder's obituary from a San Francisco newspaper, undated (April 1968). Well written, interesting diary by a man who was also the official correspondent of the San Francisco Call at Camp Kearny. Sold as a lot.


Book Id: 98-1232

Price: $495.00

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