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June 14, 2003--Today is the 111th anniversary of E.J. Focke's birth (1892).

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Latest update: June 14, 2003

  Dear Visitor,

This Web site was established to house fifty-two letters written by Elmer J. Focke while he served as an officer in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

However, there is much more to these letters than war stories.  E.J. also made friends, traveled, laughed, cried, and lived as a sojourner in a war-torn land.  The accounts of his acquaintances, travels, social activities, and personal reflections make compelling human interest stories in their own right.

The letters have been retyped in HTML to enhance readability; however, the organization, details, and mechanics from the original letters have been preserved.  In addition, some pages from the original letters have been digitized and placed next to the retyped text for comparison.  Finally, at the end of each letter, a "Notes" section with additional Web resources has been included to aid further inquiry and reflection.

Overall, the intent is to present the letters in a way that allows the reader to develop his or her own conclusions about the meaning and implications of Lt. Focke's experiences.

We, the descendants of E.J. Focke, hope that you find this site both informative and thought-provoking.


The Focke-Mischler clan

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