Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division; Prisoner of War Escort Company 85, Army Service Corps
  • Location of Service: Fort Slocum, New York; Syracuse, New York; France
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

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“My twenty-third birthday occurs next week. Despite your two additional years, you may yet outlive me.” (Letter to sister, 11/22/1917)

Leo Joseph Bailey was wounded at Belleau Wood while diving for his dugout during an artillery attack, and would spend two months recuperating in various hospitals. Despite his injury, he later looked back fondly on this period. In his memoir, he recalled sleeping in a bed for the first time in nearly a year, and awaking to clean linens and a hearty breakfast as “the ideal life of a soldier’s dreams,” even if his days were punctuated by the daily dressing of wounds. After several months, he was classified as fit for light duty behind the lines and transferred to Prisoner of War Escort Company 85.

More Resources

[ Certificate of Appointment to Sergeant [10/16/1919] ]
[ Honorable Discharge certificate ]
[ Memoir and scrapbook: "The War As I Saw It" by Leo J. Bailey ]
[ Transcript of original letters, "Letters Home from Leo J. Bailey, World War I in France." ]
[ Letter from Leo J. Bailey [6/21/1918] ]

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[ Letter from Leo J. Bailey to his mother [11/17/1918 ]
[ Memoir: "My Trip to France With the Am. Leg. In 1927" by Leo J. Bailey, with photographs. [1927] ]
[ Memoir: "Trip to Europe '68" by Leo J. Bailey, written for surviving comrades and family members of his fellow soldiers [1968]. ]

About this Item

Title

  • Leo Joseph Bailey Collection

Names

  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Bailey, Leo Joseph
  • Redmond, Margaret

State of Birth

  • PA

Headings

  • -  Bailey, Leo Joseph
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division; Prisoner of War Escort Company 85, Army Service Corps
    • Location of Service: Fort Slocum, New York; Syracuse, New York; France
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1919
    • Prisoner of War: No
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Digital print [4 items] -- Photograph (collected 1919 - 2010)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1922 - 2003)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [2 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1919 - 1921)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [14 items] -- Photograph (collected 1917 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [36 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1917 - 1968)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Speech (collected 05/15/1987)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [4 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1968 - 2008)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/76979

Cite as

  • Leo Joseph Bailey Collection (AFC/2001/001/76979), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Daughters Of The American Revolution, Leo Joseph Bailey, and Margaret Redmond. Leo Joseph Bailey Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76979/.

APA citation style:

Daughters Of The American Revolution, Bailey, L. J. & Redmond, M. (1917) Leo Joseph Bailey Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76979/.

MLA citation style:

Daughters Of The American Revolution, Leo Joseph Bailey, and Margaret Redmond. Leo Joseph Bailey Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76979/>.