March 30, 1918*

At Home in a Dugout
March 30th, 1918

Dear Father and Mother:-

Just received two letters from you today one written Jan 7 and the other Jan 26. The one you wrote Feb 12 I recieved two weeks ago so you see the mail service is a little irregular. We are now in service at the front. And at present I can hear several big French guns hammering away at the “boche” accross the lines. It is raining to day. In clear weather we can see air battles every day. The boche greeted us with a few big shells which landed near our dugout a few nights ago. A dugout is a fine place to live in, as there is about 10 feet of rock and sand bags on top which makes it safe from shell fire. Joe[cousin] and I are still together and both are well. Tell all Hello for me answer soon from your Son

Private, Robert E. Schalles
Amb Co. No. 1
via New York

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