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Mail Tribune 100, July 28, 1918

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

July 28, 1918

BOYS AT THE FRONT SERVING UNCLE SAM

Post Hospital, Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming.

Dear Folks: I just received two letters from you today and I was sure glad to get them.

Well I guess I won’t get to see France for a while and maybe never as I was turned down at the last minute for overseas duty. I was never so disappointed in my life as when they turned me down.

I will stay here for a few weeks of perhaps a few months. I will be sent either to the Mexican border of to some hospital back east. I’m not very stuck on this place but I like it better than I did at first. I have to drill two hours every day and I also have two hours class work every day besides taking care of my ward. This is a large post. There are three thousand cavalrymen here for this is a cavalry post. It is just three miles out of Cheyenne.

Well, kids, I will try to tell you something about army life. We sleep in barracks, we get up at five, wash, make our beds and then out in line for roll call. After breakfast we go to our certain duties that have been assigned us. Everything has to be first class. The officers inspect every morning.

You have to know how to salute an officer. You have to give what is called a snappy salute. I’m not a bit sorry about joining the army. If I had to do it over again I would enlist just the same. Don’t forget to hand a star in your window to let everyone know you have a son in the army. I’m sure the war will be over this year. I sure do want to see France, but if they won’t take me I will make the best of it here. It’s my nerves that kept me out. You have to be perfect to go to France because it is a hard task.

This is about all for this time. Don’t forget to put “Pvt. 1” on all my letters as I’m not a “rookie” any more. After a few months I’ll be a first-class private and after a while a sergeant maybe. This is all for now. Your loving son, HARRY KYLE.

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On shipboard somewhere at sea. Dear Mother: I am at the present time on the water, but will soon be off. I have not been seasick at all, however, I felt a little punk for a day or two at first, but did not feed the fish any.

I have not received the money you sent me, but probably will when I land, and before you receive this note. I suppose you have received my allotment and insurance policy.

Tell the little darlings, Eunice and Myrl hello for me, and I will write to them when I get sure of my footing. I did not get to mail the rings and pictures to the girls, but I will as soon as I land.

The letters you have written me will be forwarded, and don’t fail to keep on writing, even if you don’t hear from me. I will write more in a day or two. With love, DANA M. DAVIS, Co. G, 1st regiment of replacement engineers, A.E.F.

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