US Army Doctor WWI Letter from France June 1918

This letter was written by a US Doctor from France, during WWI, June 28, 1918. This letter is one of two that were in the same envelope. The cover has a British censor’s stamp on it. From the letter…..

I wrote you a letter last night but since we had a maneuver “Call to arms” and had to all get up and march off I won’t get to bed again since shaving and getting ready for breakfast. You are a dear all right to have you there to manage things so well for me makes me feel so happy.  You always use such good judgment dear. I always feel glad we have each other.
   Hope Dr. Weaver took you around to see the place and may be per chance you will see my old car that Dr. Weaver’s Son in law got off me so after all you will get to see it and where I practiced, but would of looked a lot nicer to see my things up there and the curtains and fixtures etc. but suppose Dr. W. will show you all about it.
   Well dear I can say I have been in a town that the Huns bombed anyway. Last night or about 1:00 this AM. I was awakened by the explosion of a bomb and heard the typical buzzz---buzzz of the Hun airplane. Ours has a continuous hum or buzz and not the intervals between as the German planes do. It rather was a new experience I assure you dear to hear the explosions and planes and not know where or when the last was or where the next would light. But I guess it didn’t scare me a great deal as I didn’t get out of bed to see what I could see as it was dark anyway. I admit I was fully a half hour or so going back to sleep again. The explosions sure did rattle things but no glass was broken so they were a long way off. I always get a billet so far away from the heart of tow so am safer and then one is not apt to get a direct hit when one considers chances of getting a direct hit and unless you do there is not a great deal of danger as far as getting killed is concerned. Those were sure interesting clippings you sent dear will give them to Tomlinson so will make them go as far as I can and let H and B read them too as they will be interested too. Hope the old Kaiser gets his fill before long and decides he has enough.
   I heard a story about a German prisoner when asked if he thought Germany would sin the war he said, “we have God on our side, but now the allies have America”, in such a thoughtful way the officer who heard said.
   We hear some thrilling true experiences they had they can talk about the English, Austrians, Canadians or any but I tell you we are proud of being Americans of the U.S.A. and when thins get thick again you will still hear of the U.S.A.
   One Major told a Lt. Cook. “Well you Americans think you can win the war if so guess we will go home.” Cook said, “well I guess we would like to have you help but we teach our men that they can win this war or any other whether they get any help from anybody or not”. Pretty good answer don’t you think? The Major was English.

Love as ever,


365th Infantry African American WWI Letter Nov. 28th Thanksgiving Day 1918

This letter was written on Thanksgiving Day, 1918, by an African American soldier, who was with the 365th Infantry Division. From the letter:
Dear Wife,
   Note the day and know that it has been very well enjoyed by me. Three nice long letters from you came. dated 6-8-10 Nov. New time for my mail. Last one the day before the war really ended. Funny that the people had a big celebration before proper time, but good that they got to have a real one. Joy there could not have surpassed it here. 
   Just listen here......today at the grand celebration our corps commander received a telegram.He read it and then read it to the crowd. He read that our division would prepare immediately to proceed to a port of embarkation preparatory to sailing for America. Everybody has been very happy ever since. Of course several days will be required for us to get rid of surplus property, clean our area and many other little things. So if orders don't change (as usual), by the time this reaches you we probably will be nearly ready to start, if nothing happens. So yo usee, we all have had much to be thankful for today. Was at a thanksgiving metting that the "leaving news" was given out.
   In my little town (Bellville) we had a very nice service at 9:30 a.m. Then most of the men went to the big town Pont-a Musson where most of our troops are located. Several of our bands for music and field exercises were the features of the day. No turkey, cranberry sauce or cake but we were all thankful for what we had. 
   Very funny thing but I awoke this morning about 3:30 and had an early proayer in bed. Think I must have awoken praying over such a pleasant dream that I had. Since I don' t want to be superstitious of dreams I am going to tell it to you, remembering that I have had dreams of many things that I have hoped for and obtatined. I dreamed that I came home and found you with "big" little boy and a pet dog.
   Well as yet, the cablegram has not reached me but I am expecting it by 1st Dec. at the latest. As your last letter left you so well, it has further strengthened by hopes that all has gone well with you. I certainly have prayed for the success of you both, and something has given that assurance. 
   I think that Mrs Kimbell will be alright as your nurse. I remember that she had a good name as one. Glad that all of the family are well. Regards to all, and a heart full of love for you and the "little one."   Yours, E.

365th Infantry African American WWI Letter Nov. 12th 1918 About Armistice

 


This letter was written by an African American soldier, who was with the 365th Infantry Division. He was in France at the time he wrote the letter (the day after Armistice). He was writing to his pregnant wife, who was back in Texas. She had an unusual name for a woman. From the letter........

Dear Charles,
I am sure you have the good news long before this hour. That is the signing of the Armistice by the Germans. All fighting really ceased at 11:00 o'clock yesterday morning and everything has been quiet since.
That is the first step towards a real peace. Just how long we will remain here in Europe none of us know. I am sure we will have to remain until most important questions touching upon peace are settled. Let us hope that that won't be many more weeks.
Am sure there has been great rejoicing in America. Yesterday at the hour of the signing of the Armistice, the French unfurled and raised their flags to all of their highest places, and have been celebrating all since. For the first time since I have been over here (and they all say in four years plus) have the lights shown to their full extent in houses, on autos and in streets.
Really a relief to have lights where there is so much traffic going on in the night, and to feel safe from aeroplanes and long-ranged shells. Thus far I have made it without a single scratch from old Bosche. I can only attribute it to the keeping of one Supreme. Have many thrilling experiences that I can relate to you when I get back. This much of it has been wonderful. Only hope the future holds better ones.
Am wondering how you and this "little one" are now and how you will be when this reaches you. Will say Seetheart that you must be very careful for a long tine, which I am thinking that you will be.
Have had no mail from you for several days now, but am sure it will be coming as soon as things straighten out around here.
This leaves me well as usual. Regards to remainder of family and much love to you, Yours,