This diary was kept by Sergeant Jay H. Crawford, who was a part of the Band of the 362nd Infantry. The first entry in the diary starts in Houston in 1918 and follows his journey to New York and eventually to France. The diary came into the possession of Richard D. Seifried, who gave the item to Wright State, after an acquaintance died and it was found in the basement. The collection includes a transcription of the diary that Mr. Seifried completed and gave to Wright State along with the diary.
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This diary contains a collection of handwritten entries from Sergeant H. Crawford, a member of the 362nd Infantry in the American Army. In his diary, Sergeant Crawford details his travels from Houston, Texas to Europe during World War I. The author includes many of his experiences such as caring for the wounded, time in battle, and more.