Two-page letter written to Hartford Wisconsin.
Somewhere in France, November 12, 1918
Mrs. C.W. Smyers(?)
My dear Mother,
Just a few lines hoping they find you enjoying the blessings of good health. This leaves me ___ good health.
Have just heard that peace has been signed, I hope it has. It means a lot of lives have been saved & many a home still bright when they return.
Well I am in another camp now, have been here since Sunday it is a classification camp. We received some new clothing & equipment that we would need at the front. But I guess we will never see it and I am anxious to get back to the States since it is all over. I met a soldier from New Kensington who had been to the front in the Battle of the Marne & Chateau Thiery. He had just come out of the hospital after being there for three months. He has a shrapnel wound & a scar now, on his shoulder about six inches long. He has told us some lively tales of the life at the front, in the trenches & going over the top.
We are living in our ‘pup tents’ now, did not have any sleep for about three days and three nights. Rode in box cars to this camp. Some ride too in this country only two wheel on each truck one of them being flat on our car made of our journey a little more lively. I have a little cold from sleeping on the ground but nothing much to speak about.
I got a pretty good sleep last night as we put our tents up got a bunch of straw and spread my blanket down on it and slept well. I guess I did & won’t know what a bed looks like when I get back. Don’t worry I am making it better than some of the others. So good-bye.
With love to all, your son Ralph
Censor stamp. Postmarked ‘…ARMY POST OFFICE…11-16 18’
Small tears in envelope. Horizontal and vertical fold on letter.