George Wilson Writes from Cuba
Guantanama Bay, Cuba
Feb. 16, 1919
We are now at the southern drill grounds but expect to be back at Hampton Roads by the middle of April. The Atlantic fleet will assemble there then and the various ships will have a regatta, boat racing, ball games, etc.
The weather here is ideal, warm, most too warm. A sameness. We get all the fresh fruit and vegetables we want here. Bananas cost us 15 cents per dozen (5 cents each in R’ham). Oranges and grapefruit cost 20 and 25 cents per dozen, and we get the best.
While in Hampton Road we had several cases of flu, but have none here.
With best wishes to the paper, and assuring you I look for it eagerly, I am,
Yours very truly,
George T. Wilson
Wm. J. Covington Writes
Battery C, 151st. F.A.
42nd Division, Germany, Jan. 21st, 1919
Hope you are all well; am well myself and getting on nicely. We spent Christmas in Germany and had a good time, though of course we longed for home and missed the “home” touch. But we are here for business, and we make the best of things.
We have fairly good weather here; rains but little and not very cold. In France we had rain almost all the time.
It makes a fellow almost boil to think how terribly France has been devastated by the Huns, and then to see the contrast of these sleek Germans who cried “quits” before their own land had been touched. Seems like justice for the Huns to have had the same medicine the French got.
Haven’t heard from you all since I came over. My mail seems to have gone wrong. Hope we’ll soon start back for the states. Give my love to my relatives and friends.
William J. Covington
Letter from Walter Shaw
St. Blin, France
Jan. 28, 1919
Just a short letter to thank you for the good old home town paper received through Corp. Furman Jones who is a close friend of mine. We boys from old Richmond county stick together and we all hope to come back to Rockingham some old day and meet all of our good friends. We are now in a small village of about 500 and a very old town. We are about 20 miles of Joan of Arc’s home and we visit it very often.
Well, as I am writing this by candle light, and it’s not very good, I will close. I want to say a good word for the Red Cross. They have been our best friends and always ready to do anything they can for us.
With best wishes for them all and with love to all of my friends,
Walter W. Shaw
Battery C 316, F.A. American Expeditionary Forces