File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Robert W. Taylor, 28 October 2001.

A letter to Mrs. Julia Dunard from her nephew, Benjamin Dunard
7 Oct 1918

Troy Free Press, Troy, Missouri, November 15, 1918, page 2 columns 2-3.  Transcribed by Rob Taylor.

Somewhere in France.
Oct. 7th, 1918

Dear Aunt:

Recieved your letter of September 2nd, a few days ago, sure was glad to hear from you. I am well, hope you all the same. It has been raining here pretty near every day, we sure have been getting the good of it too, it rained about every night while we were on the big drive, it sure was interesting, sitting in a shell hole waiting for morning to come. Some nights seemed like a week to me, I suppose you have read all about the drive. I guess Willie will be seeing active service before long, although he is in a branch of service that he wont be up at the front, of course he will be pretty close anyway to gun range. Some times they have to cut wire entanglement, of course any branch has its faults. Do you happen to know what division Willie is in? It may be possible that I may run across him but it is very doubtful. I am going to drop him a line as soon as I have time. Have any of the boys been caught in the draft from the old place? I would like to know. By the way, how is Robert and Everett, I never have heard from them since I have been in France. I guess they are busy going to see their girls, tell them to write anyway some spare time, it sure helps to get a letter from some old friend, I am sorry Aunt, but I haven't had my picture taken since I have been across the Pond, will try and get some taken when I get in a town, I sure will send you one. I will try and send you a souvenir the next letter I write. There are lots of pretty French girls over here, but I don't think there is any danger of me staying over here unless some fellow makes a good shot. I suppose threshing is over with by now. How was the wheat? Well as this is about all I know will close hoping to hear from you soon, I am as ever

your nephew,
Pvt. Benjamin DUNARD,
Co. F, 137 Inf. A.E.F.A. P.O., 743

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Robert W. Taylor, 28 October 2001.

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