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US - Italy Relations

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | April 16, 2018

Paul Thompson writes to his sister Ruth to tell her some more specifics about his impending trip to Italy. He writes that the Italian government has requested the YMCA work with them to strengthen morale and "further friendly relations" between the US and Italian governments.


April 16, 1918
Dear Ruth,
In any [acc...] it will be sufficient to say that I am with about 50 others - mostly business men recruited all the way from Cal. to NY - all being sent to Italy by the YMCA at the request of the Italian government to work with the Italian army for the purpose of strengthening their morale and furthering the present friendly relations between Italy and the US. [...]

Citation: Paul Thompson Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. A/T476 4/19-8/19