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Arrowsmith, George M., 1886-1969; Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, May 26, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.

France, May 26, 1918

Dear Bess:

Another week gone and still no letters. I know they are somewhere in France though and that I'll get 'em some day. Captain Babcock who is going to school here is a very happy man today; he got about thirty letters yesterday. They were the first he'd received since coming over.

We have been working as hard or harder than usual this week. I've studied more and worked harder the last three weeks than I ever did before in my life. It's just like a university only more so; right out of one class into another and then examinations and thunder if you don't pass.

We had a maneuver yesterday and General Pershing himself was there. I was in command of a battalion of artillery and he didn't even come around to see if I could fire that many guns. I'm very happy that he didn't because we had more figures and things than would fill an old Ray's arithmetic. My part was mostly play like except the figures. I was supposed to have three batteries, while we were represented by three second lieutenants. Had a second lieut. for adjutant and a major for regimental commander. We had a good time and walked about six miles besides. There were Major Generals Brigadiers Colonels Majors and more limousines than a Tammany funeral. It was a very great pleasure to see a Major General click his heels together and nearly break his arm coming to a salute when the General came along. You don't often get to see Major Generals do that. We are going to have a critique on the problem today and I suppose we'll get a lot of useful and useless information. I'll sure be glad when I get back to the battery and don't have to figure x-y=pdg or something else equally as enlightening. Everyone in the room as usual on Sunday is writing home and everyone as usual is stuck for something to say except for Geo Arrowsmith he can write volumes over a dead sparrow but the rest of us can't. We've told all we know about the scenery the people the place and about all we can say is that I love you and wish I had a letter and wish I could see you and go to church tonight.

Please keep writing because I'll get them some day and I'll write just as often as artillery will let me.

Yours always


Harry S. Truman 1st Lt 129th F.A. American E.F.

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