E.R. McElligott was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts prior to World War I by John and Elizabeth McElligott. He enlisted in the military as a draftsman and became part of the 152nd Aero Squadron assigned to Fort Slocum, New York. In late 1917, McElligott's squadron was transferred to San Antonio and then Chanute Field in Illinois. In 1918, McElligott was sent to England and then France as part of the war effort to recover and repair damaged planes. He returned to the United States in 1919. His letters cover the duration of his enlistment. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/E.R. McElligott.