|Creator:||Crowder, Lester Durward, d. 1918|
|Title:||Lester Durward Crowder papers|
|Quantity:||0.05 Linear feet (3 folders; MS 3041 to MS 3044 housed together in 1 half box)|
Lester Durward Crowder (d. 1918) lived in West Point, Georgia. He served in Company F, 167th Infantry, 42nd Division/Rainbow Division during World War I. He has the rank of Corporal, and is buried in France near where he fell along with many others. He is buried in one of the American Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries - the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in northern France.
The collection consists of correspondence and clippings. Most of the letters were written by Lester Crowder to his sister Lucile, his brother Garrett, and his mother (Mrs. Henry G. Crowder) in West Point, Georgia. He enlisted in June 1917 and his first letters are from Montgomery, Alabama. His company is then sent to Camp Mills in Hempstead, New York and later on to France where he is killed in battle on July 28, 1918. Although Crowder mentions his life as a soldier, he gives no details of the war itself. His letter of September 25, 1917 lists the soldiers in his squad. Also included are correspondence and clippings concerning Crowder's death.
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Lester Durward Crowder papers. MS 3041. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.