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Letters Home From WWI


Capt. W.K. LaLonde

     Somewhere in France, April 13, 1918
     After a long, long while I received a box you sent me for Christmas, containing everything a fellow wants at the front. Words cannot express my thanks. But here is hoping you are all thinking of us in this hard old game. However we are feeling fine and so are our boys on the line, and some men they are too: the best in the world. When the word passes along "Let us go", everybody wants to go.
     Some few days ago we were in a raiding part and brought some of the dirty curs back with us. If it had not been for the cruelty of it, they would never have lived to see daylight. Everyone I have seen seems to be glad they are out of it.
     The second of April I received a slight shell shock and a d---- good taste of their gas. Have not been doing much since. Everything is well with me at that and again back in the game.
     Could write you more in detail but the censor taboos it. One thing I can say is this: the little flag (sent by the Knights of Pythis lodge) has got its "first one." Ludwig was his name and as soon as I can get to a place where I can I will send back the flag and with it the "boche cap."
     Lines of Communication, Supply section. A.F.F., France.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday May 9, 1918


     The following letter was received last week from Arno H. Laverty, 374 Aero Squadron, which is now in London, by Misses Ara and Mildred Page, his nieces.
     "Received your letters a couple of days ago so I guess I had better answer them. I got so many letters when I landed here that they will take me some time to answer them. Some of them were written in February and had been following me all that time. Your letters were the first that I received since leaving the states and it seemed good to hear from home.
     "I surely like this part of the country fine. It is very beautiful here and I wish many times that we were allowed to carry kodaks as I could send back many pictures of scenic beauty. The weather is rather disagreeable as we have been getting much rain, which reminds one of Oregon. I feel right at home in it.
     "Well my long wished wish has come true. I took my first ride in the air the other day. We were up 5000 feet in a bombing plane. I like the bird life. Well, news is scarce and I must close. Write often."

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, May 23, 1918

J.M. Lightle

     J.M. Lightle of the U.S.N. forces, writes from somewhere in France to his sister, Mrs. John Holloway, Flora, as follows:
     It seems as if every boy had left there, doesn't it? But I've never found one of them yet, neither have I heard from Homer for about four months. I was surprised to hear about Everett S. being married; looks as if I might be the next one as I'm about the only one left except Frankie R. Besides your three letters and one from Zelpha and two from Blanche and one from Bertha I got 19 more, but not one from papa.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, October 24, 1918

Ed Lindsay

     Headquarters Co., 3rd Bri. 3rd Div. Reg. American E. F., France: It has been quite a while since I wrote so I think I had better get busy. We are not allowed to write very much but this will let you know how I am. We had a very pleasant voyage coming over, altho everyone was glad to see land.
     What I have seen of the country so far is beautiful. It reminds me of painted pictures.
     I am the only one of the old bunch left. I haven't heard from any of them and don't know where they are - not even Elbert. Tell all the folks hello from me.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, July 11, 1918

Clifford Leland Little

     Mr. Little writing from SanDiego to his lodge, the Enterprise I.O.O.F., says:
     I will try in this tardy letter to express my appreciation of your kindness of the past and also the present. It is hard for me to visit the lodge here as it doesn't meet on liberty nights.
     I have met many brothers here, most of whom are the very best of men and have helped me in many ways.
     The aviation section here is more than full, and they expect to take late arrivals and change their rating to apprentice seamen or firemen. There is about  three or four hundred of them.
     I have been in school about a week and like it fine and have gained ten pounds since enlisting.
     They keep drafting the seamen out of here at about five hundred a week. Soon it will be all aviation if more boys don't enlist.
     We get new uniforms soon. They will be on the order of the marine or soldier suits, although different in color which will be dark green. I have very little time to write letters now for school means study and I feel lucky when I have finished. The navy is not all fun but there is just enough excitement to make it snappy and make one want to see more, especially when a plane gets in an air pocket and you hardly know it until you hit good air that makes the wings and wires pop like German bombs. Another method of telling when you have gone through one is when your seat comes up to meet you which feels like some one had hit you with a barrel stave.
     Well, I must close, again thanking you for presents and kindness, I remain, your brother,
Clifford Leland Little San Diego Naval Training Station

Wallowa County Reporter
February 29, 1918

August Lundquist

     August Lundquist is in Co. H., 158 Inf. A.E.F. He writes to his brother Carl Lundquist:
     Somewhere in France, Sept. 2: I have been in this country about two weeks and like it fine. How is everything in Wallowa county? Write and tell me. Everything here is far behind the U.S. I haven't seen a nice building since I arrived. I see Pete Bue every once in a while, he is in the same regiment as I am in. I doubt very much if the new registrants will ever see France, because Germany will be whipped before long. I cannot say how long I will remain in my present location. The airships go much higher here than any I saw at the U.S. cantonments. I could no buy a fountain pen anywhere I have been in France.

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday, October 17, 1918


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