Letters from World War I


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A narrator reads excerpts from Frederick Pence’s letter written while aboard a troop transport ship bound from the US to France in June 1918 (NPM 1984.1128.556.1-2).

On transport from Camp Merritt to somewhere in France.

June 1918.

Dear brother, not having heard from you for some time not expecting to for some time, thought I would break the monotony by writing you a short note this afternoon.

I just know you are wondering at the heading of this letter but you know I am on my way and that is about all I'm able to tell because of the strict censorship.

When I get over I may be able to tell you more than I am in this missive.

Well I'm enjoying the ship time and feeling fine and have been nearly all the time.

A few days ago I was a little sea sick, when many of the boys were vomiting nearby everywhere one might look.

I did not get sick, only felt a little sea sick.

But I was afraid of getting real sick like many others.

From Frederick Pence to his brother Otto Pence.

My Fellow Soldiers