My husband's grandfather, Daniel G. Berry, graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1898. He was graduated early due to the Spanish American War. He served with the 1st US Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps. He received a Silver Star (retroactive) "for Gallantry in Action against Spanish forces at El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898, while serving as second Lieutenant, 1st Infantry, United States Army." His unit, along with the Rough Riders, served under General Shafter. He would later serve in the Philippines under General Leonard Wood; his regiment was in San Franciso when the great earthquake occured; and he was with General Pershing's expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa. He was in France during WWI. He retired from the Army in 1933 and died in 1942.
I have had the honor of typing up letters which were written by this grandfather to his family in Carmi, IL. These letters were written between 1894-1898, and about 13 were written between May and September of 1898, while waiting in Florida, to get to Cuba and some were written while in Cuba. I have about 154 pages of letters which I have put together for family members. I felt that this was a wonderful opportunity to introduce family members to the grandfather they never knew. It has been a big success and everyone loves it. I have looked up everything I could find to include with these letters to add interest to them. It has been a great history lesson for me.
If anyone has access to letters or family archieves, it would provide a perfect opportunity to type them up and share them with your family members. You will enjoy the experience more than you can imagine. I sure did!!!
Just wanted to share.
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