Letter to Dad

March 28, 1919 – Letter to Robert’s father:

Dear Dad,

Well this will be the last, or one of the last letters that I will write from France. Unless the dope goes wrong some way. We had one case of diptheria in B Co. lately and they quarantined quite a bunch of the men that were exposed but that was two weeks ago and there have been no more new cases so I guess we will not be delayed on that account. The dope changes every day just like the weather about going home. This morning the news is that we sail Apr. 4th.

We had a medical examination by S.O.S. officers this afternoon. They held it out on the drill field. The whole Regiment lined up in the cold wind stripped or nearly so. We passed a very good inspection. They found a few cases of scabies. If they are not cured when they reach the port they will be transferred to a provisional battalion until cured.

They have assigned about 15 men, casuals from other divisions, to each company. They will be carried attached and will go home with us. We also got a captain and a first loot. Overseas boxes are all packed and the papers say we will leave before Apr. 10 so I guess we are really going home. That gives the 35th just one year in France.

General Wright is with the division again and is billed to review us today but it is raining as usual and he may be kind enough to put it off.

Well dad I feel fine as usual and I hope that all of you are also. Time passes pretty fast now.

Your loving son, Rob.


Chaplain Edwards, in From Doniphan to Verdun, confirms that the 140th is on the move once more:

[O]n the 29th just six months after we took Exermont, we began the movement from Montfort to St. Nazaire completing it in about three days. Headquarters entrained at 9 p. m. Sunday, March 29th, reaching St Nazaire at eleven Monday morning, and by April 1st all of the regiment were in the port camp.


Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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