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Berry, Lucien Grant, 1863-1937; Paterson, Newell T., 1890-1977; Allen, Harry B.

Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace, February 16, 1918. Family, Business, and Personal Affairs Papers - Family Correspondence File.

Lawton, Okla Feb. 16, 1918

Dear Bess:

I haven't heard from you for five days and I am getting terribly uneasy. I am going to wire you today if I don't hear. I got a letter last Tuesday saying that you didn't feel well and I have been expecting every day to hear you were worse. I hope that you are not and that everything is all as it should be. I haven't heard from home for a week either. They played me a bad trick at the bank up there the other day. My good friend Booth called a four-thousand-dollar loan on me. Maybe you think I didn't unburden my mind on him. I am going to show him a thing or two some of these days.

I went out to fire the other day along with the rest of the regiment's officers and by some hook or crook I was unlucky enough to observe more shots correctly than anyone else and now I have to fire next time. I'm scared green because General Berry always eats 'em alive after they fire. He's very expert at making a person shake in his boots. Captain Pete was second and Lieutenant Paterson was third. There was evidently some mistake in grading the papers because you know very well that a person with a half- baked eyesight like mine couldn't see more shots correctly than one with real eyes. Anyway I'm the goat. I guess it's very good experience though.

If I don't hear from you very soon I'm going to disgrace the service by going A.W.O.L. and finding out what's the matter. There was some joy in life when I got letters from home and from you, but when they come from bankers and I am ordered to show my ignorance before the whole regiment, there's not much left. If I could only see you, I'd be all in heaven.

Yours always, Harry

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