New Rochelle, NY postmark (6-30P, DEC 20, 1917)
“Fort Slocum Military Branch” Postal Slogan
Stationary reads at top: “WITH THE COLORS” and has a blue and red flag in the upper left corner and the YMCA red triangle on the upper right corner.
Stationary reads at bottom: “HELP YOUR COUNTY BY SAVING. WRITE ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS PAPER”
To: Mrs. W. M. Parker
% Mr. Fallon[?] School Ave.
Dec. 18 - 1917
Dear Aunt Ida:
You no doubt got my last letter by this time. I said that I would let you know when I made a change but I have been busy every minute. We came over here last Sat., and I have been standing in line waiting for different things such as numbers, examinations, vacanations and ect., I have not got my uniform yet but expect to very soon. Most of the fellows that came with me have been sent away then went this morning.
I am sleeping in the barracks now but they are not the best that ever was. We have a mattress, pillow, and two blankets. I am writting this letter from the Y.M.C.A. They certainly are great places. We have a large room here and it is crowed full all the time.
I would like to here from you very much but I don’t see how I can until I get located somewhere. I came very near coming home last Saturday but I thought as long as I had got this far I might as well go through with it as I would have to go through with it again later. There are about 5,000 men on the island now and as many more over in New Rochelle.
You may look for a package from me in the next day or two as I expect to send home some clothes.
You may write me a line to General Delivery Fort Slocum if you send it right away and I will look for it. If I am gone they will forward it.
With Love, Ervin