Soldiers of World War 1

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England, June 13th, 1918
Dear Mother,
    Arrived fine and dandy after 16 days on the old salt water. The ocean is a good deal different than I expected. The waves have a good deal longer roll than on the Great Lakes but are not as choppy and more smooth. We were in a fog for three days in which you could see nothing. We left the boat yesterday at 10 a.m., went right on a train which was waiting and traveled for 8 hours, then had a couple of miles hike which was a little hard going on account of our sea legs.It is fine weather here and is daylight at 4 a.m. and doesn’t get dark until after 10 at night. The trip on the train was fine. There is not a bit of waste ground.I am a long ways from home, Mother, but will do just the same as if you were here. I feel fine, haven’t even got a cold. Lots of love to everyone and you and Papa mustn’t worry so good bye for this time and all the love in the world.
My Dearest Mary,
We are in the Army now. I am sitting inside our little old tent listening to the gentle patter of the raindrops on the canvas. It began raining here this morning and it is still at it. No drill today, so I will have time to write a letter or two. We got into the city all O.K., marched up to the armory and had dinner. They have mess in the armory. We have to march back and forth to eat. Eats are pretty good so far as they have some women helping with the cooking.
Set up camp in the afternoon. Shoemaker has been Acting Corporal in our squad. We got the tent up all right under the direction of one of the old heads who has seen service on the border. Some equipment was issued in the afternoon. As my name is down well in the list, I have not received anything yet in my own name.
Corporal Hilton is staying in town so he let me have his stuff. Got pack, gun, poncho, and numerous other things I don't know what are used for. Slept on the ground last night in a tent with just an even dozen in it. Some of the fellows are staying in town at hotels, rooming houses, and private houses. Taken altogether, things are in rather poor shape as yet, but I suppose it takes a little time to get around. A few of the bunch act like a bunch of bums instead of soldiers, but they will get that taken out of them when they get to a real camp.
They got Parker Melliush for kitchen duty the first thing. Walter Anthony was stuck for guard duty last night. It must be fine walking up and down in front of a row of tents watching the other fellows sleep. One thing they did do, everybody had to quiet down at ten-thirty last night. We had a good entertainment before lights out. (We had a light, too, as some of the bunch got hold of a lantern.) A fellow in our squad by the name of Donald gets off some pretty good comedy -- original stuff, too. He is a rather rough nut, but not as bad as some of this crowd.
There was some crowd at the station yesterday, wasn't there? I think I shook hands with everybody in town three or four times. Not a very pleasant task under the circumstances, either. Well, I got so much company in here that I can't think straight. This is rather a poor excuse of a letter, but I will write again soon.
With best of love to my own little girl,
Lloyd S.
Tours, France
June 26, 1918
Dear Sister:
How are all the folks at home? I am fine and dandy. I suppose you were surprised when you found that I had started across. Did you receive the card I mailed notifying you of the safe arrival of our ship? We had good weather and a mild sea. I was not a bit sea sick. This country is much different from the United States. It keeps one busy looking around. The country is beautiful. We do not see large farms like those in the United States. The land is divided into patches of perhaps an acre and every inch of the patch is put to use.The weather here is very fine. I hope it will continue so. Do you know where Will Reinders was sent? We are still all together but I think we shall soon be sent to different places. I have not seen a frame building since I came to France. The houses and other buildings here are of stone and cement stucco. The wagons and buggies have only two wheels. They are drawn by one horse. I wrote you a letter while on the boat. I hope you received it. Please tell my friends to write to me. A word from the U.S.A. goes good over here.
I shall close now. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Your loving brother,
Charles A Joynt

Hospital no. 1
Tenn July 1st

Friend Mary,
You kind and welcomed letter came only to hand. It found John in reasonable health but not as well as usual. Have to work hard today and the weather is very hot and has been for some time. I think a change of climate would do me good just at present but just a few days and my friend Joe and Mead and myself leaves for our home thus we left 3 years ago. The wounded keep coming in by the hundred yet and almost daily. Joe and myself are now regular wound dressers. Has been at it since the fighting "" I have almost made up my mind to study surgery after I get out of the army. I am getting a great deal of practical knowledge here. Every day how I wish I had studied surgery before I came into the army and I wanted to when I was about 20. Well I will learn all I can while I am here for it will be a great benefit in the " It is very hard work and very disagreeable this hot weather but the unfortunates must be attended to and by experienced hands. I shall do all I can for them while here. Only the suffering I see here every hour. One not used to it would think it dreadful. So it is but we become used to it. I shall tell you a great many things when we are permitted to meet again.
There is a Lady here at this hospital by the name of Susan Hall from the town of Ulissus Tompkins, New York, formerly of Orange New York lived near the West town is aqauinted with my Relatives and think She remembers seeing me when a small Boy I would take her to be about 35 She has been in the army since the commencement of the war. Was taken prisioner once at Winchester" Was the time of the Bank's Rebellion Her and myself have several quite long talks. It is pleasant to talk about old times She thinks of returning home this fall. I have learnt nothing of your cousin yet, I shall do all I can to find him if he should be sent to this town or any other nearby. Well Mary I have not heard a line from him since what you last. I think I will quit writing and see if that will do any good. Sarah is " be careless I guess. Enclosed you will find my Shadons again as I had some on hand I thought I would present you with one as I suppose it will be exceptable. My respects to all enquiring friends hoping to hear from you soon.

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