- US ARC River Falls SC 411 UW-River Falls
Materials relating to Banta's military service in France during World War I as a clerk (Troop B, Headquarters Battalion, First Army, American Expeditionary Forces).
The collection includes his pay record book; French ration coupons; WWI postcards with Banta's notes; military orders; items concerning courses taken at the American E.F. University in Beaune, France including a photograph of the lumber class; and miscellaneous papers. Correspondence consists of two letters from Army buddies, and a letter sent by a class at Marcy Avenue Baptist Church (New York?) concerning Armistice celebrations. Also included are papers concerning the Armistice including notice of cease fire, conditions of Armistice, and general orders from General John Pershing commending the troops for their valor. Identified photographs pertain to Company L, 163rd Infantry while it was stationed in Shelby, Montana and an oversized map color codes troop advances by day for the Battle of Chateau-Thierry (France).