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Letter - Davis (Hagerstown Morning Herald) to Hartle, 1942

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50 East Antietam street
Hagerstown, Maryland.
United States of America

Major General Russell Hartle
United States Army

Dear General Hartle:

According to what we have been hearing over here, you are a very busy General these days. However, I would like to use a very little bit of your time with this letter if possible. First to introduce myself: I am a reporter on the Hagerstown Morning Herald and the writer of a special column dedicated to news of our local men in service. In the thought that I perhaps could secure a message from you for my column, since you are from this “neck of the woods” I am writing this letter.

By the way, I am enclosing a clipping from our paper of a few days ago about your change of command. As I see, you have much greater responsibility and have been sent to London from northern Ireland. I suppose the weather in London is better than it was at your former base headquarters.

If you can find time to reply to this letter I would appreciate it if your would give me some idea of just what your new headquarters are like. You see we had a very good picture of what Northern Ireland was from a letter some time ago from Ian Rose MacFarland who is now back in Hagerstown. People here, you see, are very interested in your new duties.

Since I started the column in the Morning Herald some time ago about news from our local men in the service I have read a lot of letters from county boys who are over there with you in the British Isles. Have you had the occasion of meeting any of them? All of the letters have been written with great praise for the English people and of the hard time that some of the British have in doing things the way that we do them. According to the happenings in North Africa it looks like that we both are learning to work together.

Besides asking you for a reply for my letter I would also like to ask another favor. You see, I have been unable to get a copy of the Stars and Stripes or the Yank here, and if possible for you to send me a copy of either I would appreciate it very much.

Thanking you for all your trouble and wishing you all the success in your work, I am

Very truly yours for Victory,


A. Vernon Davis


A. Vernon Davis

Washington County Free Library


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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