May 18, 1919

Dear Sis and All:—

Your letter of Apr. 23rd. Came thru in record time and was received a few days ago. Well Else I have written so many letters from Germany that I have about run out of something to write about. everything goes on day after day with the same old monotony.

This country like France was interesting when we first came here, but lately everything of interest seems to have disappeared. And I for one am thinking only of That good old place called U.S.A. I happen to belong to one of, if not the best division in the U.S. Army, while the war was going on, and there [page 2] was a hard place in the line to break thru it was the 2nd Division that was assigned the job and always proved its worth. Making the farthest total distance of any American Division (60  kilometers or 37 1/2 miles). Capturing over twelve thousand prisoners (1/4 as many as was captured by the whole A.E.F.) also captured by the A.E.F. and suffered a total of over 24,000 casualties  (about 1/10 of the total casualties of the A.E.F.). Now that all of the National Army and National Guard divisions are nearly all home, and discharged enjoying real old freedom of civilian life, the old 2nd has had to sit here on the Rhine and wait patiently for our chance which it seems never comes. I wish you would tell [page 3] Willie that when he grows to be a man and ever enters into politics, thereby being elected to Congress, to introduce and use his influence to get passed a bill to have the Second Division brought home and his old Uncle will will dance at his wedding.

There is a rumor—infact several of them that we leave Germany in June, but nothing official to that effect, so it sounds too good to be true, and I can’t believe it till that old ship shoves off sails across the Atlantic are anchored onthe other side and I my foot on old U.S.A. soil.

I received a letter from papa stating that he had bought Bill Spinnings ranch cornering with Uncle [page 4] Elmore’s place. It is a small place, but at that we can make every acre produce and iimprove the place well, and make as much as we could on a larger place not so well taken care of. But I am coming to Calif. for a visit and to visit Mae and Mag and then settle down to the simple life, that of a bachelor? farmer such as Tom Lamb and Messenger.

Well Else I don’t know of any thing more to write about so will close for now with love and best wishes to all

Your Brother
1st Amb. Co. 2nd Div.
American E. F.
A.P.O. 710.

P.S. I received the Cortez papers—thanks send some more.

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