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Mail Tribune 100, May 18, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

May 18, 1918

BOYS AT THE FRONT SERVING UNCLE SAM

The Mail Tribune will publish in this column each week interesting letters from our soldiers and sailors and news items concerning their movements.

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Dear Dad and Mother:

We’ve been wondering what the folks at home were doing so thought I would scratch off a few lines to let you know how I am getting along since I wrote my last letter.

Seventeen of us have been put in quarantine for eight days and left behind, but will join our company just as soon as our quarantine is up which will be some time the last of the week.

Our quarters are better than we expected. A big tent with a floor in it and an oil heater. A big stove out doors to heat water in, which makes it real comfortable. The feed we get is not what we have been used to, but will keep us alive until we get home again.

Every night we get around the stove and live over some of the good old days again when we used to eat mother’s cooking, and made out a big bill of fare of what we are going to have when we get back.

One of the boys said last night that if I ever wanted to remember him on his birthday, after the war, I sure could by sending him a meat loaf and a loaf of bread like you had in my lunch on the train when I went through. The bread over here is all war bread and the people don’t know what white bread is, and we are getting the same way, for the last time we ever had any was on the boat coming over.

Say, if you ever want to send me anything, send me some chocolate candy and soap and tobacco as you can’t get anything like that over here. In fact, candy over here is impossible to get, and about the only kind you send is chocolate candy in bars, so don’t forget it.

Well, I will have to close for now, and hope you are all well, as I never felt better in my life. The only thing that could make me feel all together again would be to stick my feet under the family table again.

With love to all. Your loving son, MYRL GARNETT, Supply Co. 65th Art. C.A.C.

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