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Private J.E. Henschel- American Mission Prov. Co. "A" MTD. AEF- Convois Autos Par B.C.M. France- Dearest Mother and Dad- May 5/1918- Haven't heard from home for some time - but the cards prophecy a letter this afternoon. So - although now lieutenant would have me waste a beautiful rainy Sunday morning making interesting entries in less interesting books - and although my ovenfed company is howling for clothes - I am carefully camouflaged in the top of a barn writing my weekly. Fort nightly is better. What do you do when you figure or using onions for dinner - and can't get onions?
Things do not always work out quite as planned - but they usually work out. The box of chocolate arrived on the 26th of April - along with a volume of service poems (kindness of Marian - ) Quite a coincidence. That being a birthday - I planned a cake for the company - but the oven refused to "cake" worth a continental. For the past few days I have done little else but laze gloriously. The work has been more or less routine - a case of waiting for Fritz and orders. We wait for the orders - the orders for Fritz. I am getting so that I have less use for him every day. I purchased $150.00 worth of the this liberty loan - on the installment plan of course. At $15 per - these should be delivered
to day after December 31st. Unless I [ms illegible: 1 wd] of [ms illegible: 1 wd] dreary before la guerre est finis - it might come in handy to have when I go home. Also - it helps out friend government. At a hundred and fifty a year I should have quite a bank roll on my return. Lt. Travis, Coburn and I received community letter from "H" Clay. He is in active service at last - and it certainly is active. He has seen fifty of his close friends killed - and quite optimistically placed his chanced of being alive and kicking at a sixth of a chance for two weeks. That sort of thing makes us in the "safety corps" think a bit. Still - thinking is about all we can do. Coburn
applied for a transfer to Field artillery - and the application came back disapproved. If I thought there was a chance of application going through - my papers would go in a minute. It's all right to say that we are of more use here - our training and work is very valuable - and all that - but none the less - I never imagined that I would go to war in the Q.M.C. There are a great many who would like to do just this sort of thing. The other morning I sank as low as it is possible on a military scale - counted the [ms illegible: 1 wd] I served at breakfast. The best thing I have done in weeks was to give a French kiddie a well [md illegible: 1 wd] fritter. Will write again soon- Ned.
From the service of James E. (Ned) Henschel, Co. B Reserve Mallet--French Army, American Field Service, Quartermaster Corps, General Hdgts., and Motor Transport Co. 831.
|Date||May 5, 1918|
|Year Range from||1918|
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Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
World War I
American Field Service (AFS)