COLONEL WILLIAM W. WEST JR. - COLLECTION - HFSID 345083
COLONEL WILLIAM W. WEST, JR. COMBINATION The Army Colonel handwrites this letter to his mother, detailing his Thanksgiving Day at West Point Military Academy, with the original hand-addressed envelope included (1) Autograph letter signed: “Wm. W. West Jr.” in black ink. 4 pages, 5x6¼.
Sale Price $180.00
COLONEL WILLIAM W. WEST, JR. COMBINATION The Army Colonel handwrites this letter to his mother, detailing his Thanksgiving Day at West Point Military Academy, with the original hand-addressed envelope included (1) Autograph letter signed: “Wm. W. West Jr.” in black ink. 4 pages, 5x6¼. Thanksgiving day, no year. Written on letterhead of United States Military Academy, West Point. In full: “Dear Mama, We have had a most elegant day. One long luscious loaf. Nothing to do but enjoy ourselves in doing what we pleased. There was a football game this morning between the plebes of flank companies and the runt companies. A. & F. are the flankers and have the larger men while B.C.D.E. are the runts and contain the little men of the corps. We beat them 16 to 12. After that we practiced cheering a while and then went to a very good dinner. Three men were absent at our table so we had more than we could eat. This after-noon I took to my downy and read awhile finally ending up by pounding my ear for a couple of hours. So you see we have had a most enjoyable day. I hope you all had as nice a one. But the day is near at hand. I don't see how we can wade through to-morrow. I won't write again before I see you. Lots of love to all, Your loving son”. Lightly toned. Corners rounded. Horizontal fold across center. Otherwise, fine condition. (2) Autograph envelope unsigned. 5¼x3½. Envelope addressed to Mrs. Wm. W. West by Colonel West. Postmarked West Point, November 29, 1901. 2c stamp affixed. Toned. Corners rounded and worn. Lightly soiled throughout. Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition. Colonel William W. West Jr. (1881-1953) was an Army officer and polo player. While a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he became interested in polo and excelled at horsemanship. He served as part of the cavalry and played polo before and after World War I on competitive teams, including the Olympic Games team at Antwerp in 1920. Colonel West also was an instructor at Cavalry schools. With the threat of World War II reaching US soil, Colonel West, commanding the 7th Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas, was already scheduled for retirement in 1942. The outbreak of hostilities caused him to change his plans and in January 1941 he became post executive at Fort Monroe. He didn't retire until the end of the tour, in October 1943, two years beyond the usual retirement age of 60. Two items.
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