October 12, 1918
Since this is the last chance I have of writing on this side I thought that I'd scribble a few lines. I am well now, feeling pretty good. We are going tonight at one o'clock. Our baggage is on the way now, to Newport News where we embark. In the last exam that was held here it was found that about a dozen men did not come up to requirements, so they stay behind, and will probably be held for domestic service men. Among that number was Pvt. Chester Henneman, a friend of mine. You may be sure that he was not glad to stay behind. Well of course there isn't any man around here who would not rather go across than stay. Well I am not excited about going across, I am glad of the opportunity which lies before me, but I need not make a fool of myself on that account. Just think, my dear parents, what a trip it will be for me and the country I will see. We get at least 3 or 4 months of training on the other side, so it may be that we will never see the trenches although I wouldn't mind having a brush with them "garmans" myself. Just a few more words -- don't be discouraged if you didn't hear from the government yet in regards to the insurance policy and the monthly allotment, for our officers informed us that it might be 2 or 3 months, but that you would surely hear from them some time. Well this is all I can think of, so it's good-bye, till you hear from me again.
Am sending some things home now.