Rolland P. Schlieve

Meets Soldier in Philippines His Uncle 'Fixed Up' in World War I
R. P. Schlieve Writes A. E. Marten About it
Writing from the Philippines, under date of November 20 to his uncle, Arthur E. Marten, 516 Lincoln Avenue, Private First Class Rolland P. Schlieve, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Schlieve, 628 Fulton Street, Supply Clerk with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, asks:

"How good is your memory? Remember where you were 26 years, 2 months, and 20 days ago?"

The writer then proceeded to answer his questions for his uncle, as follows:

"You happened to be at the cave —Soissons. Now I suppose you are wondering how I know that. There is a fellow in my outfit who was wounded on that date and you fixed him up. He is Bugler First Class Ervin Everson and was a good buddy of Frank Eller and Noram Kneeland. His outfit was the 119th Machine Gun Battalion, Company B and was attached to the 127th. At the time, he was only 17 years old.

"I happened to be in his tent yesterday, and we started talking about the 32nd Division and the Wisconsin outfits. He was telling me about the fellows he knew, and then I asked him, 'Did you ever know a PILL ROLLER by the name of ART MARTEN?' He said, 'sure,' and then proceeded to tell me just what I have just written you. He is a swell fellow and is the best radio operator I know of. So, he sends his regards and wants you to tell the other fellows hello if you see them.''

Misses Snow
In the closing paragraph of his letter, young Schlieve wistfully recalls that he has not seen snow since the spring of 1942.

"The weather around here has been very wet, and lots of mud, but this is a pesky war, and what else can you expect? By the time you get this letter, undoubtedly, you have been out and gotten your limit on pheasants, partridges, grouse, ducks, etc. And I know you are getting ready to shovel the snow. That word —snow—sometimes seems like a thing of the past to me. It was in the spring of 1942 that I last saw snow***. See you next Christmas. ROLLAND"

Marten Recalls Incident
Marten, who served with the Hospital Corps with the American Forces overseas in World War I, recalled the incident and Bugler Everson. 

Everson, he said, was from Park Falls, WI and was brought in during the battle of Soissons, badly peppered on one side with machine gun bullets.