Charlie Duskey Writes Home in 1919


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/15/1919.

From Brest, France

April 26th, 1919

My Dear Mother: - I received your letter of March 31st, and I will say that I was awfully glad to hear from you all.  You don't write so often but I got several letters from Amy and Elva.

I am well and feel mighty fine to be in France.  You ask me what division I belonged to.  I don't belong to any but only wish I did for I might get to come home pretty soon.  It looks like the way I am situated up here in this camp that I will be here several months yet, and I do not look to get home before fall.

I will tell you something about this city.  It has a population of about ninety thousand and is an important port where so many of our boys come to sail for home.  There are about ninety thousand soldiers in this camp.  So you can see that the Americans are as many in number as the French.  You were wanting to know what my work was like.  Well, it can be compared with storekeeping, only on a much larger scale.  I work in the warehouse.  Some days I am pretty busy and some days I do nothing.  You know the Quarter Master Corps furnishes the army with all its equipment, but there is lots of us and we will not kill ourselves working.

I got a letter from George last week.  He was well at that time and did not say how soon he expected to sail for the states.  I surely do think he is mistaken about having to stay over here.  I think he will get home soon.

Tell all around there to write, as I surely would be glad to get a letter from anybody over there.  You say most of the boys are back from the army from Richardson.  I am mighty glad of that.  If I can't be there now my time is coming I suppose.  It sure will be a happy time with me when I am sailing for the good old U.S.A.

They call this "Sunny France" but I have another name for it and have had all the good times I want over here.

With lots of love to all, I remain your son,

Charles Duskey