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    George Patton Typed Letters (Two) Signed "G. S. Patton Jr." Each is one page and measures 8" x 10.5". Both concern Sergeant Kenneth Harter, highly praised by General Patton. The first is a letter of commendation for Harter of New York dated January 11, 1919, on letterhead that reads, "Headquarters 304th Brigade (1st Brigade) Tank Corps" and has as its subject line, "Sergeant First Class Kenneth O. Harter." The letter reports on the invaluable service and character of Sergeant Harter, who was being sent home on "account of family reason necessitating his separation from the service." Toned with light stains. In part:

    "Sergeant Harter fulfilled the functions of Brigade Sergeant Major from the time of the formation of the Brigade until this date and all the work of organization was carried on through the office conducted by him. . . . He carried out his duties under fire during the whole of September 12th 1918 and due to a Reconnaissance made by him the first information as to the location of the Right Battalion of the Brigade was obtained. He later successfully carried a message from the town of PANNES to the town of BEAUMONT, a distance of 8 kilometers under fire and on the return trip assisted in carrying up wire in order to connect the new Brigade Headquarters. . . . During the ARGONNE-MEUSE offensive, his duties prevented him from going forward, although he volunteered to do so. I consider Sergeant Harter a man of exceptional education and of very high personal and moral attainment and regret to have him leave the Tank Corps."

    The second letter is dated October 7, 1942, addressed to "Headquarters Los Angeles Officer," and typed on letterhead reading, "Headquarters Task Force A / Office of the Commanding General / 2406 Munitions Building / Washington, D.C." This letter transmits the above letter from 1919, as well as a letter from Sergeant Harter (not included in this lot). Toned with some text underlined in red pencil. The body of the letter reads in full:

    "I am enclosing a letter from former Brigade Sergeant Major Kenneth O. Harter together with a copy of a letter of commendation I wrote him in 1919, upon his separation from the service. It is my considered opinion that the Army will be the loser if the services of a man of so much distinguished battle experience is not utilized. If he is commissioned, I request that he be assigned to the Forces under my command."


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