Life and Letters of Richard Ashley Blodgett, First Lieutenant, United States Air Service.
BLODGETT, Richard Ashley.
Printed by MacDonald & Evans, Boston, MA, no date,
First Edition. small octavo, blue cloth with gilt decoration on front cover and corner of front cover stamped in red, white and blue. 181pp. Printed by MacDonald & Evans, Boston, MA, Item #15887
Contains reminiscences of Blodgett as a young boy by his mother, letters, and three poems, two by his mother and the other by William Swinton Bennett Hopkins. Also contains "Richard Ashley Blodgett, An Appreciation by his Mother." Blodgett began his military career in France in December 1917, with the American Field Service Section 26. As a six-month volunteer he was to drive an ambulance but as that service was over-crowded he volunteered for the same length of time as a munitions truck driver. He transferred to aviation in December, 1917, and was killed in combat on May 17, 1918, while flying with the 95th U.S. Aero Squadron. Illustrations in black and white. A very fine, nearly as new, copy. Laid in is a card of verse in memory of Blodgett with a holograph note in his mother's hand, signed.