July 2, 1919

2nd Division Letterhead

Sayn Germany July 2, 1919

Dear Father and Mother

I received you letter of June 12th today. Well It looks now as if I may get home by September, as peace has been signed, and preparations are being made to get the troops out of Germany, the 4th and 5th divisions are starting to move towards the port of embarkation. And it was officially announced that the 2nd would entrain on the 18th of this month, but there is a rumor out that it has been postponed. However if you send the affidavit, I will put it in and try to get out on that if things look discouraging in a few weeks. All the troops wee on the front line ready to advance in case the Germans refused to sign. Our first objective was fifty miles, so I guess they didn’t expect much opposition. I had a letter from Joe written June 4th he said he was going to work for the power Co. at Silverton[?] for 4.50 per day and was going to get Married soon. I suppose you paid him the $30.00 I borrowed of him befor he left. I don’t think it will be long till I am disccharged after arriveing in America as all the paper work allong that line that can be done over here is being gotten ready now. today they had us sign up where we desired transportation to. I put mine in as Durango. It is very Cold for this time of year here, an overcoat feels quite Comfortable when out on a car. It was getting awfull hot untill about two weeks ago. it rains every day now. The people here cut and rake most of their hay by hand but they don’t have much to cut. Cherries are beginning to get ripe now they are of a very fine variety.

Well I havent much to write about hope I will be starting home by the time you get this but answer soon anyway With love and best wishes your son

Robert E. Schalles
1st Amb Co. 2nd Div.

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