Submitted by John Woody Nicholas, grandson.
Jacob Kinzel, Battery "B" - c 1917-1918
Jacob Kinzel, Battery "B" - 1917
Born Millwood West Virginia June 18, 1892; died June 12, 1978.
Left Jackson County, W. Va. for Camp Lee before departing for France.
Jacob Kinzel with wife, Elizabeth, daughters, Barbara and Dorothy, and son, Robert - 1934.
Robert (Bob) Kinzel served in Germany during the Korean War. He received the Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam.
France, November 24, 1918
Mr. Gustave Kinzel
Millwood, W. Va.
Will write you a few lines today to let you know how I am getting along. The mail is not censored now so I will tell you part of what I have been through.
I left Camp Lee on May 24, and sailed from Norfolk on the steamer America, May 26. I landed at Brest, June 8th, and stayed there in a rest camp four days and then went to Redan. I was sent from there, June 19th on a detail to get horses in the northern part of France. Was there nearly two months and had a good time and saw lots of country. I returned to the regiment in August and went to an artillery camp. We had target practice there and started for the firing line September 13th, and went into action the 26th and was on the front from that time till the close of the war. I had some pretty close calls with big shells and went through some hardships and exposure, but I pulled through all O. K.
I am now located near Stenay, about 30 miles from Verdun. The fighting I took part in was between here and Verdun. No doubt you read about the big drives that started September 26th and November 1st. I took part in both of them and they were some drives too. The noise from the artillery was a continuous roar and I donít see how any of the Germans could live through it. I thought I was going to get a trip to Germany but the orders were changed and this brigade didnít go.
We are having fine weather here now. The nights are cold, but the sun shines nice and warm during the day. Would like to be home for Christmas dinner and show you how much I could eat now after eating bully beef and hard tack for so long. I expect to be home by February, if not sooner.
Well it is mess time and I will close.