Postcard, U.S. Army Soldiers Ready for Guard Duty in Brownsville, Texas, November 28, 1915.

OM D505.M564 1914  Penciled note on back: "Taken at Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 28, 1915. The picture was taken just before we went on guard, I have a 100 steel bullets in my belts, so look out! Abbie"

Abbie (Abraham Anhalt, 1891-1985), from New York, enlisted into the U. S. Army in September, 1914, and was assigned as a private in Company H of the 4th U.S. Infantry Division.  In the fall 1914 his regiment was assigned to the Texas-Mexico border to patrol and guard the border since the Mexicans fought to topple their Dictator and establish a republic.  The postcards he sent were probably for his family and he signed them as "Abbie."  

In the US Federal Census and Military Service records he went by "Abbie Anhalt." It is from the WWI Jewish Servicemen Questionnaires, 1918-1921, Abbie's military career was clearly documented.  He became a commissioned officer, 2nd Lieutenant, in July 1918, and serviced in Europe until he was wounded in battle on the River Vesle near Villa Savoye, France in August, 1918.

Main Author: Anhalt, Abraham, 1891-1985.
Format: Postcard
Language: English
Published: 1915
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