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Other Service 1
Birth:
14 Nov 1897 1
Death:
26 Apr 1988 1
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PVT Walter L. Asher, U.S. Army
PVT Walter L. Asher, U.S. Army
Camp Marfa convoy
Camp Marfa convoy
Liberty trucks, Waukesha engines. Marfa, TX, late 1919.
Brackenridge Park, San Antonio
Brackenridge Park, San Antonio
Walter L. Asher (L) and CPL Edwin L. Dickey in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX, fall 1919.
Mack trucks at Camp Marfa
Mack trucks at Camp Marfa
Mack trucks, Camp Marfa Motor Transport section, 1919.
Motor Transport shop
Motor Transport shop
Motor Transport shop at Camp Marfa; Asher was assigned as shop foreman.
Vehicle servicing station
Vehicle servicing station
Motor Transport servicing station for engine oil & gasoline, 1920.
Mexican pack mules deliver firewood
Mexican pack mules deliver firewood
Burros carrying Mountain Cedar outside Camp Presidio's mess hall; the mess sergeant purchased the wood for cooking. "Boiled oatmeal, no salt. Hash, flies and STINK and pancakes a dog wouldn't eat," according to Asher's inscription on the reverse of the photo.
New camp construction
New camp construction
The photo's inscription reads, "Presidio, TX - building new camp here, our outpost on the Mexican border." May possibly be Camp Holland, or Camp on Dias e Ocho Creek.
JN-4 "Jenny" takeoff
JN-4 "Jenny" takeoff
Picture postcard from Fort Bliss, TX. Asher's inscription reads, "We had a force of five of these planes. We hauled aviation gas in drums from the Southern Pacific freight depot at El Paso to 4 miles north to the newly opened Biggs Field, and stacked on the ground; oil drums also. A thief stole a truckload of it one night and was caught by an MP."
Mack truck maintenance
Mack truck maintenance
Truck maintenance in the great outdoors. Walter Asher with a makeshift engine hoist rig and a Mack truck.
Sierra Blanca, TX, 1920
Sierra Blanca, TX, 1920
Walter Asher (R) near Sierra Blanca, TX. His inscription reads, "White trucks. Note solid tires in rear and air in front."
Valentine, TX, 1920
Valentine, TX, 1920
"Valentine, TX - from east of town. Ranch country - note cattle guard."
Southern Pacific train, 1919
Southern Pacific train, 1919
A Southern Pacific train rolls through Valentine, TX, mid-1920.
Border camp
Border camp
Inscription on reverse reads, "On the Mexican border, nine miles south of Valentine, TX. 1920."
Mountain artillery
Mountain artillery
Picture postcard. Mountain artillery was also referred to as "pack howitzers" since they were designed to be disassembled and carried in packs by mule teams.
Drilling infantry on the border
Drilling infantry on the border
Picture postcard of the 16th Infantry Regiment (note "16" on the horses' saddle blankets) at Fort Bliss. The unit was based there April 1914 to the spring of 1917. Though the postcard itself actually predates Asher's assignment to Fort Bliss, the image prompted the inscription, "Saturday 9AM - inspection time."
Bird's eye view of Ft. Davis, TX, c.1919
Bird's eye view of Ft. Davis, TX, c.1919
Picture postcard of the town of Fort Davis. The actual Army fort for which the town is named ceased military operations in 1891.

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Person:
Walter Asher 1
Gender: Male 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-9741 1
Birth:
14 Nov 1897 1
Death:
26 Apr 1988 1
Cause: Natural 1
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Other Service 1

Enlistment Date:
25 Aug 1919 1
Organization Code:
A 1
Release Date:
31 Aug 1921 1

World War I 2

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Army 2

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Walter Asher served as a Motor Transport mechanic in the U.S. Army in the period well after the end of the failed Punitive Expeditions, in the fall of 1919. His two-year assignment carried him throughout west Texas from Fort Bliss to Marfa, Valentine and Presidio.

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