Harold Stuart Hatfield was a 33 year old music teacher in Minnesota when he decided to join the Marines during WWI to do his patriotic duty. Playing 4 or 5 instruments, and having been in charge of his school's band, he thought he would be a help in a Marine band. I know his parents wanted that. He knew this might not happen, and was willing to take his chances. He ended up in a 5th Marine machine gun company, and died his first day at the front. Never had a chance to be heroic; or even fire a shot. I think the marine who wrote my great-grandmother was probably being kind. I would love to meet his descendants!