Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


David E. Hamrick Papers

Dates: 1917-1987.

Private First Class Company D, 110th Ammunition train, 35th Division, American Expeditionary Force.

The David E. Hamrick Papers contain letters from Hamrick to his future wife, Allie Carson written while he was deployed in France during World War I. Also included are documents regarding Hamrick's enlistment record and veteran affairs after the war.

The papers also contain newspaper clippings dealing with World War I, the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Hamrick's death. A certificate of military service is also included.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2.5 inches (about 100 pages)
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave to the U.S. government his copyrights in this material. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
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Updated by: Aaron Davis (2014) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1895 (June 25)Born, Hopkins County, Texas.
1918-1919Private First Class, Company D, 110th Ammunition Train, 35th Division, American Expeditionary Force.
1919 (June 19)Married Allie Carson.
1969 (January)Died, Hopkins County, Texas.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The David E. (Elmer) Hamrick Papers contain letters from Hamrick to his future wife, Allie Carson and some of Hamrick's military. Hamrick's Veterans Administration paperwork is also included. Along with these documents are newspaper clippings and two photographs of Hamrick. Finally a certificate of military service is also included.

The single series in the collection, the Subject File, contains primarily the correspondence of Hamrick and his wife while he was deployed in France during World War I. The roster for his company is included with the letters. Hamrick's enlistment records show that he took part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive as well as other minor battles. The newspaper clippings include the obituary of Hamrick and a large piece in memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Veterans Administration letters details Hamrick's interest in gaining benefits from a back injury during the war.

This collection documents into the life of an average American soldier in World War I. Hamrick's firsthand accounts, while often necessarily vague due to wartime censorship, offers insight into the concerns of a soldier in France near the end of the war. As a member of the 35th Division, Hamrick participated in many of the same battles in which Harry S. Truman and the 129th Field Artillery Regiment saw action.

Other collections at the Truman Library that relate to World War I veteran accounts include the papers of Lorain H. Cunningham, M. R. Evans, Vic H. Housholder, and Harry S. Truman and the records of the 35th Division Association.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1SUBJECT FILE, 1917, 1987.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, military records, and memorabilia. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Correspondence
  • Memorabilia
  • Military
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Photographs

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