June 30, 1918

American YMCA

ON ACTIVE SERVICE
with the
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
June 30, 1918

Dear Father and Mother:-

Will write you a few lines. Things are still quite lively here, about the same when I last wrote. Not long ago I saw a German Airoplane come down in flames, one of the men fell out and hit the ground a few rods from where I was. I have a button off of his coat. I hope the war will end soon for I would hate to spend a winter here, as it is not very warm for summer weather. I read in the Cortez Herald that Charles and John Hickey have joined the Marines. I think the U.S. Marines are as fine a bunch of Soldiers as ever shouldered a gun. They have sure proved them selves over here. We all have to send home our serial numbers. Mine is 5529 be sure and copy it down and not lose it as it is very important. As there is nothing to write about will close this leaves Joe and I well. With love I remain your son

Robert E. Schalles Pvt M.D.[not sure about these last two letters]
1st Amb Co.
American E F
via
New York

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