Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy

 Military Letters, WWI

As found in old newsletters.
Transcribed by barbara stallman-speck

            Updated    Saturday, March 06, 2010   

       WWII letters


From August Schoessler   Natít. War Work Council   Army and Navy                  Somewhere in France    July 19, 1918

Dear Folks,

    Received your letters of some time ago today, also Rosyís card. Was sure glad to get them, I assure you, as it was the first news from home since leaving the USA.

    I am well and just as big a fool as ever. Yes, the boys from Reliance are here that came with us and I see them nearly every day. They came on the same boat I did.

    So, you expect to be drafted soon. Well, we expect to clean up over here so you wonít have to come. Of course, thatís our  idea.

    So the lightning got you out of bed a little earlier than usual. After you get into the army youíll get used to that just the same as all the rest of us have to.

    I am learning a few words of French since I came here; just enough to kid some of the girls around here, but there are darn few.

    Saw a lot of boys yesterday and day before but none which happened to be from Reliance. I heard Trumbo has not written home since leaving the states.

    Expect to get paid sometime today or tomorrow and then weíll have a hilarious time for a few days as the beer runs out every so often.

    Everyone is harvesting around these parts and it seems odd not to see a real binder working for a change. Everything is done by hand as the people have small fields.

    I must close for now, but write soon and a lot, also often. Give my regards to everyone; also to Pugh.

Your son and brother, 
          Sgt. August G. Schoessler   
Co. D. 342nd M.G. Btn.  AEF

 From August Schoessler

On Active Service  With The American Expeditionary Forces   August 23, 1918

Dear Folks:

    Your letters received and was sure glad to hear from you, you may be sure. I am well and happy as usual; in fact, I havenít been sick a day since entering the service.

    Had quite a little excitement here yesterday. A German plane was brought down close to  our camp and everyone was anxious to see it because it was the first one to come down close to us. I didnít get to go. Too lazy  as usual.

    We have moved our camp three times in the last two weeks and it is the only thing I donít like around here. I suppose Otto has gone to some cantonment by this time. I guess there isnít anyone at home of the old gang, I mean young fellows.

    Did you find out what organization Walt S. belongs to? If you did let me know and I may get a chance to find him here sometime. Where are Art and Bill or donít you know?

    We are going to move over to the place where Dad got his military training as a German soldier and Iíll go over and take a look at his old barracks if you let me know soon enough because we donít stop very long in one place.

    I saw James Cullen yesterday and heís sure getting around good with the army. Heís putting on about five pounds daily and itís a cinch that Iím holding my own, too.

    Well, I must close and hit my rustic bed and hunt soft boards Ďtil daylight, so write soon.

With Love,
Your Son and Brother,
Sgt. August G. Schoessler
Co. D. 352 M. G. Bn.,
American E.F.

 From August Schoessler

Natít. War Work Council
Army and Navy
In active service
                      Somewhere in France

                                   July 19, 1918

Dear Folks,

    Received your letters of some time ago today, also Rosyís card. Was sure glad to get them, I assure you, as it was the first news from home since leaving the United States.

    I am well and just as big a fool as ever. Yes, the boys from Reliance are here that came with us and I see them nearly every day. They came on the same boat I did.

    So, you expect to be drafted soon. Well, we expect to clean up over here so you wonít have to come. Of course, thatís our own idea.

    So the lightning got you out of bed a little earlier than usual. After you get into the army youíll get used to that just the same as all the rest of us have to.

    I am learning a few words of French since I came here; just enough to kid some of the girls around here of which there are darn few.

    Saw a lot of boys yesterday and day before but none which happened to be from Reliance. I heard Trumbo has not written home since leaving the states.

    Expect to get paid sometime today or tomorrow and then weíll have a hilarious time for a few days as the beer runs out every so often.

    Everyone is harvesting around these parts and it seems odd not to see a real binder working for a change. Everything is done by hand as the people only have small fields.

    I must close for now, but write soon and a lot, also often. Give my regards to everyone; also to Pugh.

      Your son and brother,
      Sgt. August G. Schoessler 
 Co. D. 342nd M.G. Btn.
               American Ex. Forces


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