Undated Letter, May 1918: “We leave very soon so there is no chance of my getting home.”

Camp Merritt, N.J. Dear Mama, We leave very soon so there is no chance of my getting home.  I have everything I need for the present and will let you know if there is anything you can send me. The reason I asked about the trunk was that we can take trunks with us and […]

Letter May 19, 1918: “They won’t give us passes for more than 24 hours and it takes me six hours on the train each way…”

Camp Merritt May 19, 1918 Dear Mama, I suppose you got my telegram.  They won’t give us passes for more than 24 hours and it takes me six hours on the train each way so you see I would have a very little time at home.  If I got a pass some day at noon […]

Letter May 15, 1918: “We may be put on a boat as soon as we arrive…[or] we may stay here for 3 weeks or a month…”

[postmarked Jersey City] May 15th 1918 Dear Mama We are just outside New York now.   We have been on a switch in Jersey City for an hour and it is now half past four so I don’t know when we will get to camp which is about 10 miles off.  We may be put […]

Letter May 14, 1918: “We start tomorrow morning on our way to France…to a place called Saumur…”

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WAR ACTIVITIES CAMP Jackson S.C. May 14 1918 Dear Mama, We start tomorrow morning on our way to France, and will probably be some time in New York.  I feel pretty sure that I can get a 48 hour pass to come down to Baltimore and if I can’t you might be […]

Letter May 11, 1918: “We will be about three hundred miles south of Paris…”

YMCA May 11 ’18 Dear Mama, We had an exam to see who would go to the school of fire in France and I passed.  I don’t know when we leave or where we sail from and I wouldn’t say anything about it to anyone but if you don’t hear from me for some time […]

Letter May 6, 1918: “There are more officers than men here…I expect to be here the rest of my life.”

May 6, 1918 Dear Mama, We arrived here safely after an awful trip of twenty four hours.  They split our battery all up as soon as we arrived and there are more officers than men here.  We are now to go through another course of training and if we are any good in it we […]