This is the text of a letter written by Pvt. John Berger on December 15, 1918. The owner of an antique shop in Savannah Ga gave me the letter a number of years ago. The address of the recipients is unknown. I have a theory that Pvt. Berger may have been from Indian or Ohio. I have left all of the spelling and grammar variations as they appear in the letter. If you can identify Pvt. Berger, please let me know.
Dear Mother Father & Sis
As today is Sunday and Ive got all day to myself will drop you a few lines You will be surprise to hear that we are billeted in an old place were they use to have shows some of us are on the stage sleeping I myself am in under a table some bed on the floor to they not much room so we have to do the best we can I the room right next to us is a little bar room its run by German people but all they are aloud to sell is soft drinks some place.
We had an awful long hike four days it took us to get here we came from Milly France though jametz, Longugon, Longway to this place I sure was glad when we got hear as I was pretty tired we had to carry are packes to I don't really think we stay here very long. I hope not any way as this is a very small place.
We get very good feed I think for dinner we get fried stake boy we sure hit that hard also the rice we get that often it sure is good and beans O My!
Gee some time we hear we get to go back to the states soon then some one comes around and say we go in to Germany to do Guard Say here sure will be a glad duck when when I do start for the states. I can always picture mother table in are kitchen loaded down with them good biscutes and pies and Ora good cakes this afternoon will be the big afternoon to I suppose Sisters will all be there Is Emily B. away at work Emily M. no doubt is still at the P.P. (?P.B.) and say were is dear old dad working at you no Ive had not rec. any mail for two month or more Gee I wish we be getting some soon It been that long that Ive got paid to Ive got five Franqu yet and I am saving that for when I fine a place to by cholates I sure have a crave for that.
Well Mother you no when I get back what I want to eat My I would make your table look sick believe me Is there any of the boys home yet if not there will be soon be sure and tell me who have and every thing that goes on. have you sent my Xmas presant yet I wish it would hurry up and come Gee if I dont get it by Xmas it will be k.
Hows Irene and Ora and the kids getting along and say do you see Lena very often Well tell Father I am going to try and get him a pipe over here if I ever get paid off. Well I hope so any way.
Hope you all have a good dinner Xmas if mine is not any better than Thanksgiving dinner it wont be much I sure would like to be home for then but no hope.
Hoping you are all well will close with lot of love Give best to all.
Yours Son & Bro
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