Donald G. Mitchell papers

Donald G. Mitchell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Mitchell, Donald G., Jr.
Title: Donald G. Mitchell papers
Dates: 1917-1919
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Donald G. Mitchell from 1917-1919. The papers include a large scrapbook of the history of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service No. 539, correspondence, photographs of war destruction in Belgium, and loose journal pages. The materials document Mitchell's ambulance service in France, Belgium, and Germany during World War I. The scrapbook notes the entire roster with photographs, the history of the unit with maps and images, and odds and ends (reflections from individuals). The journal (1917-1918) mainly details his decision to join the medical corps, camp life in Allentown (Pa.), and the voyage to Europe. The correspondence, written to Mitchell's mother, contains descriptions of France, Belgium, and Germany including the destruction of France and Belgium, ambulance runs to the front, and the armistice.
Coll. Number: ms2305(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Donald G. Mitchell Jr., Sergeant with the Ambulance Service of the United States Army Medical Reserve Corps, served with the French Fifth Division during World War I in France, Belgium, and Germany. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and resided in Macon, Georgia, after the war.

The U.S. Army Ambulance Service No. 539 was first recruited in Amherst, Massachusetts, in June 1917. Their insignia is a black cat. No. 539 served both United States and France in World War I. Although American, they were considered French personnel, as they served the French army. No. 539 was involved in the Aisne-Marne, the Oise-Aisne, and the Ypres-Lys offensives, and returned to America in 1919.

Index Terms

Allentown (Pa.)
France. Armée. Division d'infanterie, 5.
Germany--Description and travel.
Military training camps--Pennsylvania.
United States. Army. Medical Reserve Corps.
World War, 1914-1918--Destruction and pillage--Belgium.
World War, 1914-1918--Destruction and pillage--France.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Donald G. Mitchell papers. MS 2305. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Donald Mitchell scrapbook, correspondence, diary, photographs