Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman, Mary Jane, 1889-1978; Gibson, Agnes Salisbury, 1888-1968

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, September 8, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.

Sept 8, 1918

Dear Bess:

I had two letters from you today one of which acknowledges my Angers letters. They were certainly a long time getting by. I hope you will receive the ones from my last training camp more promptly. I no longer need any training camp. I wrote you from a rest billet and told you one of my wonderful experiences. It was one, the first real one in fact and made quite an impression. I expect many many more in the next month or so and hope to be present at some real history making.

I don't believe you'd have me back in the S.O.S. when you know that real things are happening up here. I think I am the luckiest person in the world to be here and if I can deliver the goods and come out all right it will be the greatest honor a man can have. If I don't deliver, I'll have failed trying my level best and that's all any man can do.

As I told you before there isn't a German shell made for me. I think that my battery and myself will come through all safe and sound. We have had one brush as I told you and came out very very lucky. If I get sent home now they can't take away the satisfaction that I unloaded some very effective ammunition at the Boches and from what I can gather, I must have hit the target. They almost made a target of me but almost isn't quite. When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake. I didn't have sense enough to know what was going on until the next day and then I was pretty scared. The men think I am not much afraid of shells but they don't know. I was too scared to run and that is pretty scared.

I am working night and day mostly night and shall continue to work that way I guess until the war is over. I hope you and Mary had a pleasant visit with Agnes. I also hope it isn't so hot there now. Be sure and keep on writing for I sure enjoy your letters and make the work less burdensome. I shall certainly try to get some pictures when I get to Munich for that country house of ours.

Yours always


Harry S. Truman Capt Bty D 129 FA American E.F.

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