Infantry Lt. WWI Letter September 28, 1918

This letter was written by an Infantry Lieutenant in France during WWI. The letter was written September 28, 1918. From the letter…..

   Though we did not move yesterday did not get to write as had promised to do. We expe3ct to move e3ither this evening or tonight. We moved to this position by Motor Truck, a seventy five mile ride, vever saw so many trucks I my life.
   This morning is chilly, damp, muddy and no sun shine, so if you should suddenly drop in at this place you would not get a good idea of Sunny France. Fact is for quite a while about two thirds of the time is about like this.
   Don’t know as there is much that I can say about my visit to the city. Had what is sometimes known as an enormous time. You see it is this way: our time is divided into three parts, 1/3 in reserve, six or seven miles behind the front, and if it is in a village, the village is small, there is hardly anything to buy; 1/3 in the support and 1/3 in the Front, so we have very little opportunity to spend money, except send by supply wagons occasionally for needed articles. Well during he visit to this my first large French City, I rode the street cars, ate expensive meals, bought article after article, some needed and some just to be buying, you see it is a genuine pleasure to spend money after not having the opportunity for quite a while.
   By the time you get this letter will be about ready to put a gold chevron on my left sleeve, one for every six months foreign service in the present war. Has been six months since pulled out from the USA the latter part of next month. Haven’t any chevrons on my right sleeve, one is awarded for each wound.
   Know you are enjoying this fall atmosphere while out in your car. Must be great. Hope you have a pleasant and successful fall and winter.
   Haven’t yet received any of the snap shots of you on your vacation or with your camp fire girls outings. Am very anxious to get them, please send them right away!
   The only home boy I have seen since have been over is Clive Brooks, or Royston?, saw him abut wo weeks ago and believe enjoyed meeting him as much as you did the unexpected visit of your school mate and chum some time back.
   We are now on a different front, conditions change, and change is continuous in war, move after move, especially when we are feeling so good as the Allies feel and have felt for some times. Just wish you could be here a short while, wouldn’t want you to stay over here long, first to get to talk with you for awhile and for you yourself just to see and feel the enthusiasm of the Americans, French, and British, it’s great.
   Hope to get some mail today. A letter or letters from you would help me considerably at the present, certainly hope they come before we move.

Write often, 

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