My dear Mother,
Will get busy and write you a few lines tonight. Am sitting on the
floor writing this by candlelight.
We are drilling hard every day now. Have had two days off because of
mud. It is hard to keep clean, but we are doing pretty well.
They brought a sack of letters tonight that was addressed wrong so it
will be a little bit longer before you get my letter now.
Have you had any frost yet? It sure is cold here this morning, but no
frost. We had a singing contest here tonight and the platoon I was in
won first place.
Well, I haven't learned to talk much French yet. Haven't been sick
only a little bit on the boat since I left home. Haven't had any
practice shooting yet, hat had some in sighting and bayonet.
It rains here about every half hour. The French soldiers
are dressed just like us only the color is blue.
There are some nice looking French girls here. Maybe I'll take one
back with me. Ha ha!
There is a little over 20,000 in this division. Some crowd, don't you
think? Heard we would be up toward the front in about a month.
Will close with regards,
Oct. 3, 1918
Well I'm feeling better now as I got five letters from
home yesterday. Keep them coming.
Was in a rifle range today. Done pretty good - made 41 out of 50. We
are sure getting some good war news now. Looks good to us boys.
There are lots of grapes and nuts in this country.
We got our gas masks today. We sure look funny in them.
I sure miss the YMCA since I left the states. I also miss the
potatoes to eat as we don't get any here.
The French people are sure nice to us. I am on guard duty tonight. I
go on at 10:00 and get off at 12:00. Then go on again from 4:00 to 6:00,
so you see we get eight hours out of 24.
We were on a hike today. Started at 8:00 and got back at 1:30. We
took dinner with us consisting of beans and bread.
Must close for now. Write soon.