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Catalog Number 1996.51.136CK
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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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?

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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

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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

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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
Year Range to 1918
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Writing
Food
Cakes
Chocolate
Military occupations
Search Terms American Field Service (AFS)