WWI, WW1 Letter, Camp Travis, Texas, Thanksgiving Day





Written by soldier at Camp Travis, Texas, on “Turkey Day”. He was with the 343rd Machine Gun Battalion. From the letter…………Well the big feed is over and I’m back at the stables again, always when I get Guard Duty I can find time to write you a letter. I sure am as full as a tick……..I wasn’t hungry at all only ate 3 turkeys and dressing, 3 cakes, 2 pies, and a few side dishes. All officers and majors were out to Co. C and their wives and about 12 men had their wives here. Not many of the men are married and few of those who are could have their wives here but nevertheless it was some feed……….Now you said you never knew what the semaphore was nor the wig wag. Well they are two systems of signaling cross country. The semaphore is 2 hands the wig wag one. The wig was is the same as the international Morse code. The wig wag is same as telegraphy dots made with arm over head to right dash overhead to left and space over head to front……...Say aeroplanes are no big event here nor Balloon ascensions we have them by the dozens almost daily 5 just now pulled off some stunts over the football field about ½ mile and down hill from here easily seen. They dropped the turkey day football on the field......
Library War Service, Camp Travis, Texas, photo taken between 1910 and 1920.
Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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