Letter, November 9, 1918
[Letter on color stationery of the Y.M.C.A., Union Franco-Américaine. Received November 29, 1918.]
Nov. 9- 1918
My dear Cecil-
Just a few lines tonite to you. I am not busy, but some one
stole our light bulb and we have not very much light, but as long
as the fellow by me stays with his candle, I can write. How are
you getting along with your work. Would like to see you tonite. I
would be glad to see most any one over there tho just now.
We work hard now all the time kept busy rehearsing. our
leader is getting quite a bit of new music. Some is good and some
is not worth a d---. But we have so little we make use of all we
I have not been getting mail from home now for a long time. I
wonder if the trouble is at the source or if some boat has sunk
with it. Am waiting patiently.
We are making pancakes to nite on our grate. Our fire places
are handy for more things than just heat.
Tomorrow we sew on our six month service stripes. Our band
has new clothes, serge caps and with our new stripes (gold ones)
we will look pretty neat. They furnish trucks for us and takes us
to different towns where the fellows are and give concerts and
play for shows and any kind of intertainment we can get up for the
I have been transferred to the band as a corporal, but am
going to ask to be reduced, as there are ones here who deserve to
be a noncom. and who think they should have it, and I am willing
they shall. I've been a Cpl. as long as I care about it. But the
captain would not reduce me when he transferred me and ask he last
night what I thot of it. He said he would not transfer me and
reduce me unless I ask it of him. There are far better musicians
in the band than I am who are 3rd class mus. and I don't feel
right to hold a non com job, when they feel as if I am realy
taking something that by right belongs to them.
Well some time I may get to see you. I have more confidence
in the thot, now that all of fritz's allies are out of the race,
but fritzie dont like to stop him self so I guess we will have to
walk into his country yet.
And I guess we're the ones who can do it too.
But just the same they cant decide to call it off now too
soon, for I have dear friends who I'd like to see and its been
quite a while since I've set foot inside of my home - and will I
ever? Time will tell.
Not many months ago I did not have the least idea I ever
would, but now I feel in a way as if it is possible. Well dear
little pal - I will close tonite and try and write more soon.
Hope you have success in your work and I hope I get to see
you sooner than any of us expect. write soon. yours -
Paul B Hendrickson - Hdq Co 129 Inf
A.E.F. via N.Y.