December 20, 1918 – Letter to Robert’s father:
Your letter of Nov. 28th came tonight. I do not think I will be home by Jan. 1st. In fact I am sure I will be in France at that time. Art Herbert who is at Div. Hqs. says we will start home Jan. 1 but I do not believe it. It is too near that time now.
Soldiering is hard now. We have been putting on some big divisional field problems. We are out all day. Sometimes from 3 a.m. till dark. And the worst of it is it is cold and has rained all week. Get soaked + cold everyday.
Each night as we empty the water out of our shoes and dry underwear by the fire we are all sure that we will wake up with the flu, but strange to say all is well. I had charge of company hqs today and ordered the colonel of the 139th on our left to move out. Of course he didn’t know who sent the order but they went over the top when he got word anyway. Today’s problem pleased the officers very much. Next week I hear that we will have four days more of it. I hope it doesn’t rain.
Confidentially I have an idea that this outfit will have to go to Germany, as an occupational division but of course I don’t know for sure. It looks to me as tho the whole A.E.F. would have to take their turn. That means March at least. That is the best way to look at it anyway. If I get home sooner I won’t be disappointed.
Well dad, there isn’t much news. It looks as though we would stay here some time. We have a mess hall where we can sit down and eat. We have electric lights now too. They issued us another blanket, making three. But two of us hunch together and have eight between us and lots of straw.
Elinore sent me a fountain pen in my Xmas Box and a lot of candy, gum, cigarettes, etc. Thank Mother for the sox. They have come in handy already, I have had so many wet feet lately. My sox are all home knit now. I have five pairs.
No doubt you are having snow there now, we are having rain. I wish I could have my sheep coat here, it sure would feel good.
Well, I hope you are all well and happy.
Love to all, Rob.
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