Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Danford, Robert M., 1879-1974; Klemm, Karl D., b. 1880

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, March 13, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.

[March 13, 1918]

Dear Bess:

Your letter came just now and made this a fine day. We have a new commanding officer. Maj. Waring by name. He is going to stay until Col. Klemm comes back which I hope will be soon. We've all had the blues since the Colonel left and I suppose no one would have looked good to us but Col. Klemm. I think the Major is a very competent man and will no doubt do us a lot of good but Col Danford has forgotten more Artillery than he ever knew. I have been confined to quarters with a cold. I guess there is no harm in telling now that it's over. The Major Doctor almost sent me to the base hospital one day when my fever went up to 102. I was out with the Battery today and have been feeling fine. I was afraid if I went to the hospital the oversea detail would leave without me. They say that some people going through here twenty years hence will see some soldiers sitting on a pile of baggage expecting to leave suddenly and that will be the oversea detail of the 35th Division still awaiting orders to entrain. They issued another order that no oversea man would be allowed a twenty four hour pass or a furlough. It looks like its all bunk though and was postponed indefinitely. We've gotten so we don't care a hang whether they go ro they don't. I am hoping to come through Kansas City. You don't need any new clothes to look good to me. You'd always look that way no matter what you had on. I am hoping that I'll do as well as Louis Bundschu's suitor who writes every mail boat when I get across. You are well acquainted however with me good intentions and how they sometimes come out but I am going to do my level best to write every time there's a mail. You don't need to apologize for any of your letters because they look good to me if there is only one line so please keep on writing.

Yours always,


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