Letters Home from the Great War : Transcribed from the Pendleton Times

From Pendleton Times, Aug. 22, 1918

Letter from France

Dear Father and Mother:

Today I will try to write you a letter as I have not written you as often as I I have been writing heretofore. I had not heard from you all for over three weeks until last evening I received a letter from you and one from brother Carl and you do not know how much it cheers one up to read a letter from home in the dear old U.S.A. You sure can give the home news and this is what we love to hear. I also got another "Pendleton Times" this week and believe I read all that was in it including the advertisements.

See where there are a lot more of the boys coming to help get the Dutch. Of course, they may never be needed, but as the old saying goes" the more the merrier." The Yankees are coming over fast and thick.

Well Mother, you asked me to bring you a relic from over here. We just returned from a little town or what had shortly been a town and sure saw many things I should have liked to have kept but it was not possible for me to do so. But if the Lord spares my life from those Huns to get back I will bring something back with me to recall the scenes we have passed through.

I am glad to be able to tell you all I am well and in the best of health and I was surely glad to have you say that you are all well as this is the best news I read in your letters.

Well Father, you sent me the address of a lot of the boys from Pendleton but I haven not met any of them. I have not seen any one that I know only those that came over with me and belong to my regiment among these are Mortimer Johnson and Sergeant Stiue Jones. Well Papa, you said George Warner had written that he had just returned form the front and could tell of many exciting occurrences. Well I am sure he has nothing on me along that line but I will have to wait till I get back to tell you about that. I would like to tell you all my experiences but that I get home I will tell you all about it.

Well there are several sacks of mail here and it will be called off this evening and I surely hope to get some from you all .

I hope you will all keep up your good letters and you know they will be read over and over.

Well I guess I will close for today but will write you very soon again.

With the old Stars and Stripes. I am as ever.

Your son,

Private Brooks F. Calhoun, Co. D. 7th U.S. Infantry, A.E.F.

 

From Pendleton Times, Aug. 30, 1918

Aug. 1, 1918

Mr. H.M. Calhoun

Yours of the 13th is at hand was glad to hear from you and to know that you are always so prompt in answering.

I will give the best information possible. The following Boys are yet in "A Battery" Early Kiser, Ben Mitchell, Corp. Puffenbarger, Harry Hoover, Corp. Mowery, Corp. L.B. Sites, Corp. O.M. Sites, Clem Bennett, Luther Dice, Jno. Dahmer, Sgt. Kisamore, Corp. Raines and Sgt. Hoover. Trumbo, Arlie Smith, Emery and Minor Rexrode and Cobbs are on detached service. Yes, O.A. Mallow are yet at the battery.

Boggs and Cook are in 'B' Battery, Chas. Harper is in 'C' Battery. Now this I have just taken from random. I know certainly of what I have mentioned but may have omitted someone, if so, will tell you next time.

We will go to the front in a week or more.

You cannot imagine what a spirit and ambition the American soldiers have. We are here to free the world, live or die. The Kaiser must be gotten and we Americas will do it too.

Would be glad to meet your son and yourself should you be accepted for over seas Y.M.C.A. service.

There is some very ripe grain still standing here due to the fact that hands are much more scarce here than ever there.

Write me as often as you can. I am glad to get any news from the States. Will help you to keep in touch with as many of the Pendleton boys as I can. I was one of the last to send back the card you gave us but am taking more or keeping more interest than some of the others.

I am well.

Luther Pitsenbarger

 

From Pendleton Times, Aug. 30, 1918

Somewhere in France

July 30, 1918

Mr. H.M. Calhoun

Dear Papa,

Received two letters from you yesterday. I get letters regularly from you. Have been in front line trenches twice. Am in second line now.

Am using a pen made out of an empty cartridge. I sent you two hundred dollars $200 through the Y.M.C.A. It will be wired to America. Please acknowledge receipt of same. Put it on deposit in the bank.

Would like to be there and help you fish. We killed them with hand grenades. There is a species of trout here with blac spots instead of red ones. We got a lot of those. There were some about 18 inches long. We caught some German carp. The look like fall fish.

Your letters are not censored. I think I get all your letters, but don't have time every time to answer. I can't tell you all the things you would like to know. I don't know whether all of this will pass the censor or not.

Am well and enjoying life fine. Am not in need of anything. Best regards to all

Your son,

Camden H. Calhoun, Company "A" 61st U.S. Infantry, A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Dec. 6, 1918

Oct. 23, 1918

My dear Mother:

Received a most welcome letter from you some time ago. It has been so long since I tried to write that I am not sure whether I can write a letter or not.

I have been on the "Firing Line" since Sept. 10 and have had no rest, yet, what I mean to say.

The weather has been very bad so much rain and mud.

This has beat everything I have ever seen. Perhaps you read in the Times the piece Luther Simmons wrote describing France.

He did not exagerrate things at all. Camp Lee was an ideal place. The boys there may not think so now.

I had a letter from Elmer the same time I received yours. Are Ollie and Henry going to school now? Who is teaching at home this year? Elmer is not teaching this year. I believe he said, Teachers are getting scarce.

I just received three letters from home. One from Elmer and one from Mae Pitsenbarger. You can imagine how glad I was to get them.

It takes mail along time to find us boys sometimes.

I have enclosed a coupon in this letter showing you just how much one can send to a soldier. On the coupon are the dimensions of the package and weight also, not to exceed three pounds.

If you receive this coupon in time you may send what is most convenient to you. One can not be at all choiceful when limited to such small package.

Well I cant write you all this time and I mean this for all of you.

Hope you are well, I have been well with the exception of diarrhea sometimes. I hope and trust in God to give me health and strength to see the end and my people at sweet home again.

Your loving son

Luther G. Dice, Battery A., 315 F.A., A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Dec. 6, 1918

Oct. 29, 1918

My dear sister

Again this eve I will try and write you all a few lines. I am very well at present. Hope you all are the same. I have not had any mail from you since I wrote last , the 23rd, I believe it was.

The weather has been very nice here for five or six days. The boys are glad to see sunshine. There was some frost here this morning.

Perlie Puffenbarger and Henry Hoover are with me yet. They were in the hospital some time ago.

I have received several "Pendleton Times." They are a long time on the Road. Most all I have gotten.

The questions you all ask are hard to answer.

I dont want to write such news. You may be better satisfied if you wouldn't know. I just had my "show" as it is commonly called made up by bunk and now am going to try and finish my letter.

Perlie Puffenbarger and I have been bunk mates for a long time.

It is coming [unreadable] months since I came into the army and I have seen more in that time than all my life before.

Do you all have a teacher this winter? Suppose you are about through with your work by this time. Was the corn crop good this year? I believe you said some of it had frozen.

Is there still so much rain over there yet?

Well news is scarce over here. Things that are allowable to write. My mail is censored but yours is not.

Write me as often as you can, it may be a good while before I get to write again.

Wishing you all well and happy I am.

Your loving brother,

Luther G. Dice

 

From Pendleton Times, Dec. 6, 1918

Dear friend:

I hope some of my letters have reached you by this time. Yours have been coming all right.

Eighteen passes to a certain city were given Saturday afternoon. We guessed at a number to see who were the lucky ones. I drew one of them. Had a real nice time and met quite a number of French people speaking very good English.

Paid a visit to the State in a dream last night and saw all my friends at church. I was preparing to return accompanied by about thirty of my boy friends when I awoke.

Well it was pleasant anyway and sometimes dreams come true.

The boys of Battery A are all well as usual. I see them every day.

We had gas mask drill for thirty minutes this evening; they are not very nice, either as ornaments or for comfort, but we do not hesitate to get into them and most of the boys put them on in six seconds.

I am still in the Special Detail. May be in one of the gun squads, if ever needed, everyone will be able to work on the guns: have had some practice and like it fine.

I suppose there will be a lot of missing ones at Institute this year. If this should reach you before you attend, remember me to the teacher and dont forget Supt. Jesse.

Am enjoying the best of Health

With best wishes, I am,

Corp. Lester A. Boggs, Battery A., 313 F.A., A.E.F. France

P.S. A letter just received states that Mr. Boggs is in a hospital on account of a broken leg, but doing fine and well cared for.

 

From Pendleton Time, Dec. 6, 1918

With the U.S. Marines

Dear "Betsy;"

Today I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am still in the hospital but getting along fine and as ugly as ever. I am just about well but dont know how soon I will get out.

Say you can not boost the Red Cross too much and cannot help them too much for they are doing a great thing for the boys. They furnish us everything we need and we get lots to eat.

I think it will be over soon as they are talking of accepting the Peace terms but I dont know if they will. I would like to see the world at peace once more.

I have seen quite a bit of country in France and have seen lots of places that look like the States but the people do not talk like those of the states.

We have had lots of rain here lately and it is right cool. I have not had any fight with the cooties and have been leaning against a Beech tree for awhile.

Well by Hang! If I wouldn't like to see you. I am bald headed now and could fight your to a fave[?] well! and you could not pull my hair at all. My hair nearly all came out but I think it will come back in again.

By Hookie! I have not got my thinking cap on today so guess I have told you about enough, so I will drop off at this station and see you later when I am not so busy eating.

I hope you are all well and getting along fine. With best wishes and all kinds of good luck to all I am as ever your contrary friend,

"Bub"

Private Herman W. Nelson, 16th Co. 5th Marines, A.P.O. 727, A.E.F., France

P.S. A letter of recent date states he is now out of the hospital.

From Pendleton Times, Dec. 6, 1918

Somewhere in France

November 1, 1918

Dear Mother

Will write you a few lines again to tell that I am well except a little touch of rheumatism in my feet. Don't hurt me any until I get out on these hikes and then it bothers me a good deal. Otherwise, I feel all O.K.

Well my wish is that these few lines find you in good health and also Papa and sisters. Tell Papa I was wishing I could be back there to go with him to Harrisonburg for fertilizer. Guess he has been busy as a bee cutting corn and seeding. Only wish I could have been there to help him.

Well how is the weather over there. Hope fine. It is right cold here now. It is awfully foggy and cloudy. I've got my overcoat on and still am cold.

The French people are still digging potatoes, pulling beets and plowing wheat. Guess the people over there are done digging potatoes and sowing wheat.

Guess the people have gathered all their winter apples. Just wish had some to eat. Did you all get many winter apples, hope so?

They harvest many apples over here and they want 15 cents for one apple, so you see; they are awfully high. I haven't eaten an apple since I left the States but I have wished many a time that I had some.

Well war news sounds good now. Just heard that Turkey has laid down her arms and surrendered to the allies. Only hope it is true. Austria is begging too for peace. Guess you saw that in the papers. I hope that by the time you get this letter there will be peace and I will be on my way home. I guess that is your wish too.

Well I must close. Hope to hear soon from you all. Haven't heard or gotten any mail yet from you all. Haven't heard anything since the 1st day of August. Hope it aint that long since you all heard from me. Will close. Good Luck, best wishes and love to all.

Your Son,

Private, Ona B. Propst, Co. F., 128th Inf.., A.P.O. 734, A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Jan 3, 1919

Nov. 26, 1918

Dear Dad:

I am in St. Vincent, Belgium on my way to Germany. I am in good health and enjoying myself some.

This is a nice little town and a ----- country.We are biking thru Belgium. I've some some exciting times but came safely thru. I went over the top and helped to make the Huns run. You bet we made them dig.

I have seen a good bit of France and will now see some of Belgium and Germany.

I hope you are all well and getting on alright. Tell mother not to worry. I am coming home soon if the Lord is willing. Dad, I wish you could have heard the roar of our guns on Nov. first when we went over the top. You wouldn't wonder that the War is over. It seems quite different not to hear the guns roaring.

I want you to keep a pig fat too till when I come for I surely want some fresh pork. I hope you have some buckwheat too.

I guess Ora and Elmer have all the work completed. I received Elmer's letter a few days ago. I haven't received many letters but may get them sometime.

I hope the Spanish Flu is under control over there now. Did anyone take it close around home?

Today six months ago I left home, but I don't think it will be that long again till I am with you again. How is Uncle Charlie?

Be sure to take the best of care of yourself and tell mother and the rest the same. I will tell you the rest when I see you.

With best wishes for you all and wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year I will close.

Your son,

Pvt. Mason V. Lambert, Co. B. 311 M.G. Bn., A.E.F. France.

 

From Pendleton Times, Jan 30, 1919

Camp Sherman Okla.

Dec. 18, 1918

Mr. Wm McCoy

Franklin W.Va.

Dear Sir:

As we have located at the Camp you may send the paper here instead of Camp Custer.

Well, the 40th Infantry came here the 8th and I suppose are to be here for the winter as a garrison to guard and police the camp.

I guess most of the boys that are in training here have or soon will be discharged.

And they are now coming in here from over-seas and other camps to be discharged.

I don't know when we will get out. Of course, Uncle Sam can not let us all go at once and I guess this Regiment is one that he is going to keep for awhile as we did not get over.

Well this camp is much like Custer, only it is not as cold. It was raining most of the first week we were here but has gotten nice and warm here now, almost like summer.

There are four of us here from Pendleton in the 40th Infantry and guess that is all so far as I know.

I want to tell you at Pendleton Times is a very welcome visitor to me. I enjoy reading the letters from the boys over there as well as others and I have not missed a single copy yet.

I will close wishing you all a Merry Xmas . I expect to be walking post or may be chasing prisoners that day, as one company will be on guard that day, so you see they have it mapped out ahead of time

Yours truly

Dolon Dyer, Co. L, 40th Inf.

 

From Pendleton Times, Jan. 30, 1919

Somewhere in France

Nov 30th, 1918

Dear Osce and all the family

Tonight I will try and write you a few lines to let you know I am still alive and well. I received your letter on the 27 of Nov and I surely was glad to get it as it was the first mail I have received since I've been over here and I got it on my birthday too. I was 26 years old.

Well Osce, I sure would like to have been with you when you weighed up the cattle for I loved so much to go out to the Sinks with you and am just crazy to get hold of the automobiles again.

We are still in Belgium but think we will go somewhere in France soon again. It is wet and cold here in Belgium and we have not so warm place to sleep but I am getting along very well. We are in hopes of coming to States in a few months and I surely will be delighted.

I have been lucky and I am thankful too for it. I was in two drives and it got fellows on all sides of me. We were on the front when the armistice was signed. We were to go over the top on the morning it was signed and I certainly was glad to get the news.

I am in the 37th Division, probably you have read something about it, and they are some fighters too. Each company in the Division selected ten of their best men and sent them to Brussels to be reviewed by King Albert, and I happened to be one chosen from Co. I, 14 Inf., and Osce, I've never seen so many people in all my life.

They told me there were over - million people in Brussels, and King Albert certainly is a fine looking man,. We marched about ten miles at attention and I think we made a good impression as Belgian people nearly went crazy over us, as were the first Americans to be in Brussels. They gave us cigars, souvenirs and candy and the girls ran out and kissed us and I never have heard such cheering in my life. We had a good band with us but they made such a noise you couldn't hear it. We got back to our company two days afterwards.

Osce, I sure will be glad when I get home to see Dolly and Rebecca and you all. Tell Susie and Aunt Beck I think of them often. If we have a parade in Washington you must be sure and come down.

I guess you all have butchered by this time and how I would like to be there and help you eat some of it. Does Dice Propst still work for you? And who runs our automobiles? You must write me often and tell Kittie and Susie to write for it is lonesome without any mail. I am glad to hear you are all well. Tell Mr. Calhoun to write me as I enjoy his letters so much . I would like to see him. You give him my regards and Mr and Mrs. Ernest Bowman too. Guess Walter Bowman still talks war talk? Did you celebrate any in Franklin?

Tell Dolly if I can rake up money enough I will bring her some nice souvenirs back with me. Everything is so dear over here. I have a good bit of money due me and hope to bring it home with me.

Well, Osce, please write me often for I do like to hear from home. Tell Susie I will write her soon. Give my love to all and wishing you a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year, I remain,

With love from

Grover C. Evick, Co. I, 147 Inf., A.P.O. 763, A.E.F., France

 

From Pendleton Times, Jan 30, 1919

La Valbonneain France

Dec. 1918

Dear Father,

As I have written to you all several times and haven't heard yet will write you all again. Hope you all will get these few lines and write soon. I got a letter the other day from uncle Wilbert. I don't know how he got my address. I also got a letter from George Harman. George he got my address at the Post Office on a letter I had wriitten to you.

I haven't seen any of the boys I came over here with. Don't know where they are. Have not seen them for three months. Hope they are well and enjoying good health. Have Bud's folks heard from Henry yet.

I was down at Lyon Saturday and Sunday. It is the second biggest city in France. It sure is a beautiful place. Think I shall get a pass and go down next Saturday.

I am staying within a few miles of this city. If I can get permission think I will visit Paris in a couple weeks.

It is tolerably cool over here today. Has been warm and raining pretty near every day. I sure feel good since the war is over and don't think it will be long until I will be coming home.

I sent the children some postcards. Did they get them?

Some of the boys have already left here for the States. Hope they will land safe on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Will send you my picture and some friends of mine I have gotten acquainted with since I came here.

Well as I cant think of anything more will close. This leaves me well and hope it will find you all well. With best wishes to all.

From your boy,

D.J. Lambert, Inf. Candidate School, Co. D.

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Somewhere in France

Dec. 3, 1918

Dear Father:

Today while thinking of you all will answer your letter which I received November 17, that was the first time I had heard from any of you since I left the States, that was in July, I sure was glad to hear from you. I am well and truly hope you are all the same.

Well I guess you were glad when the war closed, I know I was.

I surely was lucky, was on the front about 37 days as near as I can tell, under shell fire all the time and never got a scratch. I am in Germany now, everything is nice and quiet around here. Will be home sometime this winter. I don't know just when. Guess you are having lots of snow by this time, it is pretty cold here but there has been no snow at all.

I guess the children are all going to school, tell them I said be good boys till I come home. I suppose mother has been worried about me, tell her not to worry I will be home at Easter if I have luck.

Well Father I haven't time to write much now, will tell you more when I see you. Write me a long letter and give me all the news.

Snoden L. Vance, Co. H, 61st Inf. A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Aix Les Baines

Jan. 5, 1919

Dear Mother:

I will write you a few lines to let you know I am well except a cold. I am on a seven day leave have four days yet, was at Shambrey yesterday it is a nice place. I was going to the top of the Alps today but it was raining. I will go tomorrow if it is a nice day. I want to take some pictures up there. I am having a nice time here, this is a nice town, lots of people, a big Y.M.C.A. the nicest I have seen any where. I was staying at the Beausite Hotel have a fine bed, can hardly sleep in it after being on the ground so long. I think I could get used to it if I had a chance to get back to Mother's bed, which I think I will soon.

Tell all the people hello for me. Tell Grandpa I will write to him soon. I like to take in all the sites while I am here, will write when I get back to the company, I sent some cards of this place since I have been here.

Is Jesse home yet? The boys in camp will beat us home.

I don't know when we are coming across the deep blue, but do not think it will be long.

I always had a desire to cross the Ocean and still have the same desire. I was awfully sick coming over but I think I could stand it if they would say we are going back to the U.S.A.

Well I will close for this time, answer soon.

From

Corporal Austin Hartman

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Luxembourg

Nov. 28, 1918

Dear Ones at Home:

Will try and write you all a little more as I did not get to send my letter yet.

Today is Thanksgiving Day, and I think we all have lots to be thankful for. We get this day off.

I am not in France any more but in a country called Luxembourg, near a town of the same name. We are now in a town called Gonderange, been here for a few days. We left France about November 20, with full pack and wagon train and rode for about four days, of course we stopped at night and slept in someone's barn. We came through part of Belgium. The Belgiums had the streets all decorated in honor of the Allies. The town that we started from in France was Dundont. Don't know if you can find it on the map or not. We saw lots of sights along the road. I can tell you more about it when I get home. I don't know if the boys in France will get home any sooner than we will or not. Our Captain told us it was considered an honor to us to follow up the Germans. The people are all very nice to us. We buy apples of them. The first apples I have eaten since I left the States.

Well, guess I will close.

Devotedly

Pvt. Clinton Dickenson, Troop I, 2nd U.S. Cavalry, A.P.O. 754 France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Patheries France

Dec. 8, 1918

Dear Ones at Home:

This Sunday morning I will try to write you a few lines in reply to your dear and ever welcome letter which I received a few days ago. Was sure glad to hear from you all and to know you were well.

It is cool and cloudy here this morning. It looks like it might rain or snow. It hasn't been very cold here at this place since we've been here. Has been lots of rain and mud with a few nice sunshiny days.

We are in the small village of Patharies near the town of Chavilon to the Redo of Dietarich of Cotelion in the north central part of France. Now get your map and see if you can locate me.

I like it very well here so far. Have good warm quarters with a big fireplace where we can have a fire, and as there are only ten of us in this room we can all keep warm. We have a chestnut roast here every few evenings and have lots of fun. Don't know how long we will be here or how soon we are going home. There are so many tales going around about when we are going home, one does not know what to believe. Wish I were at home now so I could talk instead of writing.

Hurrah! The sun is shining now don't think it will rain after all. Wish it were possible that I could be home Xmas, but that is impossible I haven't heard from Clinton yet and can't imagine why.

Well guess I will have to close as news is scarce. Hope this finds you all well and happy. I am well and getting along fine. Take good care of yourselves and do not work too hard.

Will close with love and kisses to you all.

Your loving son and Brother

Pvt. Clinton Dickenson, Batt. A, 313 F.A., A.P.O. 791 American E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Nov. 17, 1918

Dear Friend:

I have not received any mail from you yet but I heard of you in a letter from Nettie. I have received only a couple of letters from home.

I am doing just fine and expect to see you soon. The 313 F.A. is only a short distance from here. I saw a couple of fellows yesterday. I am going today to see if I can find some of the Pendleton boys.

I made the Huns run, you bet, I can tell you more about it than I can write. But I went over the top without getting a scratch.

I would surely like to be over there now. I guess you are teaching. If so where?

I hope to hear from you soon and to be in the U.S.A. soon. So here's hoping, I will close.

Pvt. Mason V. Lambert, Co. B. 341 M.G. Bn, A.P.O. 761 A.E.F.

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Remagen A. Rh.,

Dec. 29, 1918

Dear Father:

I will write you a few lines to let you know I am well. I hope you are all well and getting along alright.

We are still in Germany, along the Rhine, in a town by the name of Remagen.

We are staying in a hotel at the edge of the Rhine. We can look out of the window and see the boats go up and down the Rhine.

I haven't heard from any of you since we left Camp Lee.

Your son,

Zola Teter, Co. D. 165th Inf., A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 7, 1919

Hello Father:

I will write you a few lines tonight to let you all know that I am well and hope these few lines will find you all the same and all of you getting along fine and enjoying yourselves the very best. I could enjoy life very nicely but it looks like it will be a long time before I can be there. I guess that I will have to stay in Freance for six months as that is the order now, but I hope that things will change before that time and it sure would please me very much to get back once more to my old home and loved ones. By God's help I am coming home some sweet day and if not I hope to meet you all in that sweet home in Heaven.

So father, this leaves me well and hope it will find you all the same, so I will close for this time. Hoping to hear from you all soon and see you soon.

Father, write to me often and I will do the same, so excuse bad writing and mistakes. Answer soon.

From you loving son in France,

Pvt. Neal A. Hedrick, Co. G. 119 Inf., A.E.F. France Via N.Y.

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

Dec. 28, 1918

Dear Sister:

Guess its almost time I am waking up and dropping a line to you.

Well you know how I was when I was back in the States about putting off writing from time to time.

Well, I made a safe trip but was quite a while getting over. We were thirteen days on the water. We arrived at Liverpool, England on Nov. 8th and were in England for more than a week before we came to France. I kind of thought we would go back from England but accidentally we did not. We are at Tours France, now, or at least I am probably the company has left by this time. I am in the hospital with the mumps. Came in here the 15th of Dec. and will be here until January 4th. I was not very sick and am feeling fine now. There is quite a lot of mumps here.

I spent my Xmas in here and had some dandy good things, got a lot of things from the Red Cross, the Y.M.C.A. and had a big chicken diner. Also had a nice Xmas tree here all decorated up nice so it made a real Xmas for us, one that will never be forgotten. Helen sent me a package but I have not received it yet. I suppose you had a big turkey dinner on Xmas, did you not.

Oh yes, I got one of your pictures you sent to Helen, the one with the boy and your mother and sister-in-laws. I think its real good of you. She sent it to me. I got it last week. Well guess there was big times back there when the Armistice was signed. I was in England then. They sure raised old glory there.

Well guess we will be back at our homes before so awful long. Will be glad when I get back, too, although I like France right well, but then I am too far from home.

It isn't very cold here. We havent had any snow at all and I dont think it ever snows here at all. The gardens are nice and green and I saw flowers in bloom when I came in here, flowers that were in gardens, so you know it isn't very cold but its awful rainy and damp all the time. Dont get to see the sun very often.

Well, how is Dad and everybody getting along. Hope alright. Tell everybody I said hello and will see them before so awful long.

Guess I've told you about all I can think of tonight so I will close. Write soon and give me all the news. With best wishes.

Your brother

Cletus Pitsenbarger, Co. H. 188 Engrs, A.E.F.

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

Argenteuil France

Dec. 26, 1918

Dear Cousin Tarry:

This afternoon I will try to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am still living and getting along fine. Guess you think that I have forgotten you entirely. No I havent but just didnt have much time to write. We have got the Huns licked now and, therefore, we have a little more time to write than we did while we were fighting.

Our outfit was up against the Germans for forty-eight days and we were fighting too believe me. They killed some of our men and we killed a lot more of theirs. I was in some very hot places, tho't every minute that I would be the next, but I finally came thru without a scratch. Guess it was only the good Lord that saved me. We endured some very discouraging and tough time during those forty eight days. There is so much rainy weather in this country during fall and winter seasons. There were times we didn't have a dry stitch of clothing on us and were mud from head to foot. But the men all seemed to stick right on the job. Sometimes we would go for a couple days and nights without practically any rest at all. We did all our moving from one position to another after night. That is when we had most of our hardest work. Whenever we went to a new position we had to dig dug-outs to sleep in and to get in when we were being shelled hard. Imagine yourself in a hole long enough to lay in and two or three or even four more feet deep and a big shell lighting close enough to cover you with dirt and tear a hole out as big as anywhere form a half bushel to an ordinary sized hay stack. That might seem a little exagerated but such really were the things that we were under. I remember one Sunday evening that we were being shelled very had, two of my buddies and I were in our dugout and a big shell hit about five or six feet from us. Believe me, I was just as low down in that dugout as I could get. Think I would have taken out a million dollars worth of insurance at the time had it been possible to do so, Ha!

After all those trying experiences I am glad that I was drafted and got to take an active part in the great struggle for humanity . But Tarry, I am glad that it is now over and that the majority of us can return to our homes and loved ones some day. I know it has been a time in my life that I will never forget.

Dont know how soon we will get back to the dear old U.S.A. again. I dont' expect to get back for a few months any way. I may be mistaken though. The sooner we get back wont be soon enough for me. Am getting real anxious to get back. It has been just seven months ago today since we set sail for France. It seems much longer than that thought.

We are not doing very much of anything now. We usually have a little physical exercise and drill in the forenoon. We are now located in the little town of Argenteuil somewhere in central France about two nights and days travel by rail from where we stopped fighting. They brought us here in box cars, packed in just like sardines.

Has been raining everyday since we came to this town about three weeks ago. Haven't had very much cold weather yet, none real cold, like we have in W. Va. Last night we had the first snow that we have had yet. The ground is barely covered on the hills and up lands and the valleys are almost snowless. Grass and grain are just about as green here now as it is in the States in spring time.

Will close for this time. Write to me soon. The following address will find me any place.

With love to all,

Corp. P.E. Puffenbarger, Battery "A" 313 F. A., A.E.F., France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

December 12, 1918

Dear Myrtle

Will write you a few lines to let you know that I am in the best of health, hope you all are the same.

I am having a fine time, it isn't what I would call a fine time back in the States, but we have to call it a fine time here, for all we do is see which can catch the most cooties. They don't bother me so much but some of the boys get up through the night and hunt for them.

I am going to tell you a few things about my life since I have been over here. The first experience I had of war was when we arrived at [ ] the second night we were there the Germans came over and dropped a few bombs, they also came the next night, then we moved and were in safe places for five days. We hiked up to the front on the night of September 26 and the drive started that night, we were on the front from that time on and it sure was hard times. I was under shell fire all the time after the drive started. I would go to sleep at night and did not know if I would see morning or not, it was just luck that I got through.

I would write and tell you I was in a safe place but at the same time the shells were coming over falling all around me, all that was saving me was that I was in a shell hole and the shrapnel could not get me, some shells would explode in the air others when they hit the ground, so you know it was no safe place anywhere.

I am not going to tell you any more about it this time, but will tell you when I get home. Don't think it will be long till I can be home. Love to all.

Lovingly,

Harvey Sinnett, Co. D. Pioneer Inf., A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

Andernach, Germany

December 18, 1918

Dear Papa and all:

How are you all by this time? Well I hope.

Well Papa can you imagine me being in the hospital? I am not bad off, my kidney's got on the bum but I am getting along fine and get good treatment. I am not much sorry of being here for a while, I get a rest. I have already got a rest out of it. I came here on the 12th of this month.

Well Papa we are now at one of the most talked of places in Germany, a big town along the Rhine. I was right up in the front line when the armistice was signed, we were lined up to go over the top when the word came to us that the firing would cease at eleven o'clock, you believe me there was a happy bunch of boys there that day. This happened in a patch of woods between two little towns one was called Little Lissy and the other Big Lissy. We stayed in some woods near there for seven or eight days, then we started following up the Huns and have been after them ever since, till now we have reached the point where we stop. And I am not sorry of it. We had been hiking eighteen days and one day we made forty-three K.M. and no doubt you believe me I was just about all in, we had a heavy pack and our rifle. I think the trip was just made in order to get moving pictures and to make history.

I slept in a hole that I dug in the ground and there were several times that I was glad to get into it, about the time a big shell hit near the hole you were in and threw dirt all over you---you would think of every good and bad thing that you had ever done in your life.

Well Papa, I sure have seen some wonderful sights since I have been over here. I never want to see anything like it again.
I had a letter from Mrs. Williams telling me of the death of Rengi Flint and Fred Louk. I sure was sorry to hear of it.

Did most of the boys from around Circleville pull through all right? I sure hope so. Did you hear from George? Do they hear from Brooks, and John Cook and Charlie Harper, Lester Boggs, Cap Bennett and Ezra Warner? Are any of the boys from around there getting home yet? I hear that some of the troops are being sent home. I wish it was me, but I should be happy that the war is over, and it can't be very long till I will be on my way there. There is just one more ship that I want to ride, and that is the one home.

Well Papa on our way here we came through Luxemburg and Belgium and the people of Belgium sure did welcome the American soldiers. We came through one of their towns where they had an image of the Kaiser hung by the neck and one leg off and they had all kinds of flags out.

The most of the German people are treating us all right. I have slept in their houses and in their barns with their cows and oxen. I stayed in a house with German people had fought all through the war, they sure were glad that it was over.

Well Papa what has become of J.L. Wimer and family? Has Foster Vandvander got home yet? I guess Charlie is at home by this time, he is always the lucky one. Guess that you have killed your hogs, gee how I would like to have a good mess of fresh meat. I sure would like to eat my X mas dinner with you all. I hope this reaches you all OK and finds you all well. Love to all. Dont be uneasy about me I am getting along fine. Write soon. Your son

Leonard T. Warner, Co. C. 125 Inf. A.E.F. France

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

St Aignon, France

Dec. 10, 1918

Dear Father:

How are you all at home? I am well except a cough and some cold. What is going on around there? Guess lots of the boys are home by this time. Has Mike Loy and Charlie got home yet? I dont know when I will get home

Are you all getting along all right now? Do you hear from Lester Coffman? I am now waiting to go to a chauffeur school. I have been thru several cities, the largest being Brest and Tours. Was at Brest almost one month. Am getting plenty to eat and a good place to sleep. How are all of Uncle C.E.'s and Uncle Andrew's folks and how is Grandfather now and all of the people up there. Do you know anything of Andy Riggleman? I will for this time. Hoping that you are all well.

Your son,

Pvt. Arthur B. Dahmer, Co. B. 116 Supply Train, A.P.O. 727, A.E.F.

 

From Pendleton Times, Feb. 14, 1919

Dec. 7, 1918

Dear Brother

This lonesome evening I will again try to drop you a few lines. It has been a long time since I have written you, over a month if I am not mistaken, but it has been no fault or forgetfulness on my part. The reason is that we have not had the opportunity to write until just recently.

I have been on another big drive since I last wrote you and came thru safe. This was the last drive that was made before the Armistice was signed and the one also that bring about the agreement of the nations at war.

We are now in the town of Chames, France. We landed in here Nov 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

We hiked for nine days in succession to get to this place from where we were stationed after coming out of the last drive, tho' this does not include the 3 days hike that we made in coming back from the front to where we were stationed before starting on the hike to this place.

We are now drilling and getting ready to go to Paris to parade in the presence of Pres. Wilson and some of the rulers of the allied nations. I am not sure just when the parade is to be yet but I think the 14 of December.

The 320 Regiment has been chosen as the only regiment out of the 80th Division to be the escort of Pres. Wilson while in Paris. This is considered as a great honor and we have been drilling and working hard in order to make a good showing in this parade.

We are getting new equipment at this place. We have got the most of them now but still have few things yet to get.

We expect to leave here in a day or so enroute to Paris for the parade but I do not know how long we will remain there or where we will go from there.

I wish I could be at home to spend Christmas with you all and have a good Christmas dinner together. Of course, tho, we cannot hope to be at home at this early date but I hope and think we will get home at an early period in the coming year, unless something takes place or hostilities are resumed again, which I dont think will be possible.

I think we have shown those barbarious Huns the real old Yankee Spirit, and have crushed that hated Prussian Militarism for good.

I know you people all rejoiced when you heard the glad tidings but I feel that you were no more delighted than us Sammies were.

I know you all have been uneasy because you have not heard from me for so long. I have come thru uninjured and so far and I can be thankful too.

Our mail is still censored but we have more liberty in writing now than we did while the war was going on.

I received several letters from home a few days ago from mother, Ethel, Iscie and Papa and was certainly pleased to hear from you all again.

You can tell Ethel that Leslie Robinson got her letter the same time that I got hers and the other ones from home, the latest one that I got was mailed Nov. 11 I think.

I dont think that you all saw that Robinson when you were at Camp Lee, if you did you didn't know him. I didnt know him then myself. He is from Mannington, near Fairmont.

The fellow that you got acquainted with at Camp Lee was from Moorefield.

I am well at present and hope these few lines will find you all well.

I send you that card so you can send me a Xmas package if you got it.

Well as I cant think of much more to write at present I will close as I want to write to Frank and also one to Washington yet this evening. I will drop you a few lines from Paris if I have the chance and do not get to write again before leaving.

Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, I am,

Your loving brother

Pvt. Luther Simmons, Co. K 320th Inf. A.E.F.

 

From Pendleton Times, April 18, 1919

Remagen, Germany

March 14, 1919

Misses Maude and Lucy Mitchell

Dear Cousins:

I will answer your cards which I received a few days ago and was very glad to hear from you all. I am well and getting along fine over here in Germany.

How are you all getting along We have some nice weather here now. It is just like Spring. The sun shines and the birds sing and the buds are beginning to swell. It more like April than March here. I heard Cousin Clarence was at home. I am glad of that He is a lucky guy.

I dont know when I will get to come home but I think we are going to start soon. I hear we are any way. It wont take us long after we get started

You want to be at home too when I get home for I am coming to see you and stay a week. Dont you think that will be a long time? I do.

I like it very well here since it has gotten warm. I bet it is nice in summer.

I never heard if Arlie was called or not but I suppose he was and now I guess he is at home. I was glad when Walter got to go home.

I dont know what I will do when I get back home for I dont think I will ever be any account for work. Ha. Ha. I just feel that way. I think I will leave the farm and go to the city and I can get a soft job that will suit me all right. Honest I dont believe I will like farm work any more Ha. I can have some good times here. I go to a show almost every night. The K of C give free shows for the benefit of the boys. The Germans are not allowed in the shows.

I will be proud when we get started home for there are so many of my friends in the states that I would like to see, believe me. I am going to see them and I suppose there are a few that would like to see me.

Well tell grandma hello for me. Answer soon. From your cousin,

Milton A. Propst, Co. B. 1265th Inf. A.E.F. Germany

 

From Pendleton Times, Apr. 18, 1919

March. 20, 1919

Mr Frank Eye

Franklin, W. Va.

Dear Frank:

I will drop you a few lines to let you know I am well and hope you are the same . I wrote you I don't know how many letters and have received none yet from you. I got one letter from Will since I have been over here. I have never heard from any other soul. Tell Papa he must write to me now, and I know I will get to see his letters all right. Just to put my full name and the address like I have at the first of this letter. I always put it on the outside and inside so it wont be rubbed out, so you all will be sure and get it.

I must close with these few lines. Trusting in God that I can hear from you real soon

Rob M. Huffman, Co. L. 16 Inf. A.P.O. 729, A.E.F.

From Pendleton Times, Apr. 18, 1919

Ramagen, Germany

March 18, 1919

Hello Cousin Bertie:

How are you. I am fine. I got your card last night. Was very glad to hear from you. Well I cant tell you when I am coming home because I dont know. Tell everybody Hello for me. I wrote Maudie and Lucy a letter a few days ago.

From a cousin in Germany

Milton A. Propst

From Pendleton Times, May 30, 1919

Somewhere in France

May 17, 1919

Dear Cousin Lucy:

I will take the most pleasure in answering your most kind and welcome letter which I received the other day. I was glad to hear from you and to know that you were well.

What have you been doing these rainy days. I haven't been doing anything but looking around here. I have been going to town and having a good time.

I wish I could come home. Then I could tell you more than I can write for it is hard for me to write. You must excuse me for not writing you longer letters.

I am sending you my picture in this letter. Well, I must close.

Hoping to hear from you soon and a long letter. Not signed. [Walter Reed Hospital?]

 

From Pendleton Times, May 30, 1919

April 29, 1919

Dear Mrs. Mullenax:

In reply to your letter of March 11, in regard to your son Edward J. Mullenax. He and I were together from the time we entrained at Camp Lee in May until September 28, the day he was wounded. He had been feeling ill for a few days, had a cold, although he did not complain much. He did not seem homesick in the least but he and I used to talk of how nice the comforts of home would be compared with the life we were living in "No Man's Land. At this time we only had the privilege of being together when off duty. It was sometime in the afternoon of September 28 when they took him to the hospital. I never heard from him after that day.

It had been a perfect day. The guns continued to fire and the aeroplanes droned away high overhead only waiting for an opportunity of swooping down upon there quarry.

It was at the town of Cuisy in northern France where he was wounded by shrapnel. I do not know personally but all the information I can get it was only a slight wound. Anyway I assure you that all is well. He was all for the Good God and our own dear America. He was fighting to give Democracy and Liberty to the world: to bless the generations yet unborn.

He was my Pal. He was with me at the St. Mihiel and in the Muse-Argonne.

We had often talked of the many narrow escapes and adventures. Again I must say all is well. He was a good boy. Otherwise my heart would break.

Only the good and brave should die for our beautiful land.

Instinctively, He remembered those beautiful words of yours that were such a comfort to him. Goodbye Dear, may God go with you and protect you and may you always find a Friend at your side, a Friend who will never fail you, unseen but real--be true to Him, trust in Him, and your Mother's God will be your constant Friend.

He was my pal.

Very truly yours:

Pvt. Austin McAvoy, Hdqrs. Co. 13th F.A., 4th Div.

 

From Pendleton Times, Jun. 6, 1919

Evac. Hosp. No. 15 APO 927

3rd Army, Coblenz Germany,

My Dear Mrs. Dickinson.

It is with deep regret that I write you of the death of your son, Pvt. Clinton Dickenson at this time. He was admitted April 7, 1919 and has been quite critically ill-- but from time to time showed a little improvement and the nurses and doctors hoped he would recover but he did not seem to gather strength as they hoped and died this afternoon about 1:30 p.m., April 26, 1919.

He was conscious to the end and knew his nurse, Miss Margaret Skelly, who had grown so fond of him during his illness. She told me he spoke of his "brother coming to see him." He complained of being so sleepy and wondered what was the matter with him. Poor boy, he seemed such a splendid young fellow and spoke so often of his home and of you, his mother.

You probably received my former letters which I wrote at his dictations. He never wished to alarm you by his illness.

As Representative of the Home Communications Service it was my privilege to make rounds of the wards, to be of any service to the patients, and to offer them the many necessities and delicacies sent over by our American Red Cross. It was always a great bpleasure to stop beside your son's bed for a word or so or to aid him in any way. In spite of being so ill, he generally smiled.

He is buried in The American Battle Field Cemetery, beautifully located in a fine grove of old trees on the slope of a high hill overlooking the Moselle river and valley. His grave is marked by a cross and his identification tag. Beside his American comrades fallen in this terrible world war--lie the French soldiers, who gave their lives in the war of 1870. It is a most impressive and beautiful spot.

Pvt. Dickenson's few personal belongings will be forwarded to your through the Personal Effects Bureau, Washington. I trust you will receive these last keepsakes safely.

My sympathy is indeed extend to you and your family in the loss of this splendid young son. Yet you should be very proud to have had one who sacrificed himself so courageously and patiently as I know Pvt. Dickenson must have proven himself.

If there is anything further I can do for you do not hesitate to write me and believe me.

Most affectionately

Anna P. Hopper, American Red Cross

 

 

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