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January 4th/1919- Dearest Mother- Acknowledging many favours from many people. First - enough letters to keep me supplied with choice reading matter for weeks - a card from Mrs. Warner, the "9x3x3" - the cakes from Mr. B- (I knew who sent them before I saw the card or your letter) - two $5.00 money orders - and dozens of papers and magazines and clippings. For all of which I am most exceedingly grateful. Likewise - as I have mentioned
before Dad's letter enclosing a splendid handkerchief - an Ivanhoe button and something very useful for which I know no name. Since coming back to Decize, there has been very little for me to do, for the next class does not appear before the eighth (meaning 8th) or this month. Yesterday, I assisted at burying, an enormous tank for gasoline; it weighs 1500 pounds empty, so was quite a job. Today I
am that fixture known as officer of the day. One bit of news - which makes me most happy. By [ms illegible: 1 wd] of most extraordinary pleading - the wheel has turned so that it may be possible for me either to get away from the school to another port or else HOME!! True - It's a deep, dark, secret - yet such is the case - and I am so tickled that I have forgiven the boy that stole my new three-day-old uniform
as well as the soldier that walked off with my bedding roll. Don't know who they are - but they are forgiven. Also - I released three "drunks" this morning - to their great surprise. My lucky star seems to be shinning again. So much for that. Would like to make this longer - but I've got to "crash away". Love- Ned. Lt. J.E. Henschel M.T.C. School #1 A.P.O. 772-A A.E.F.
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||January 4, 1919|
|Year Range from||1919|
|Year Range to||1919|
Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
World War I