ALVIN A. UNDERHILL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/16/1979 - HFSID 321037
Sale Price $108.00
ALVIN A. UNDEHRILL
The Secretary and Treasurer to the American Balloon Corps Veterans replies to a letter asking for a membership roster
Typed letter signed: "Alvin A. Underhill", in blue ink, 1 page, 8½x11. September 16, 1979. New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In full: "Your letter of July 9, 1979, address to Edwin F. Hermanns, Publisher of our Association's paper, Haul Down & Ease Off, has been referred to me for reply. You request a copy of the Association's membership roster. Some members in the past have complained, upon receiving various types of inquiries from unknown persons, when they learned that their names and addresses were given out by their Association. Since then it has been the policy not to give or sell a membership roster. Of course the use of members names and addresses that appear in our publication cannot be controlled. I will answer what would probably be your next question as to how to obtain copies of our publication, Haul Down & Ease Off. The paper is not for sale to the public as it carries no advertising and is published for the sole enjoyment of its members. Our Association is composed of WWI veterams who while in the Armed Service were in some way connect with Observation balloons. In recent years some persons not meeting these requirement but who are interested in the History of WWI have been accepted as Associate members. Membership is $3.00 a year and entitles a person to receive our publication which is issued 3 times a year. I hope this information answers all of your questions. Very truly yours". Alvin A. Underhill (1902-1986) was a World War I veteran who attended the Fort Omaha Balloon School, which specialized in observation balloons. He later worked as Secretary and Treasurer to the American Balloon Corps Veterans, which was a private association composed of World War I veterans who either worked with or controlled observation balloons. Underhill worked with the organization through 1972 to 1982, and passed away in 1986. Surface creases. Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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