Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield

ABOUT ME: Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield - I was born on January 21, 1890 to Reuben Edson and Adaline Miles Wakefield (Frost) in Hardwick, Vermont. I was the sixth of seven children. At the age of four, I was sent to live with my maternal aunt, Ida May and her husband Willis Parker. I joined the Vermont National Guard.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Letter to Aunt Ida - February 14, 1918

Fort Slocum
Feb., 14th, 1918

Dear Aunt Ida:

Your letter came sometime ago and I intended to answer before but I couldn’t get the application filled out but have got it now and will enclose it in this letter.
I wrote a letter a few days ago expecting to get the application and enclosing it. Some way I lost the letter and can not find it anywhere so will have to write another.
Well I am on Guard here now and will probably be here for 6 months. I went on my first Guard yesterday at 12 o’clock and came off today at 12. We have 2 hours on and four off. 8 in all and 16 off.
It was a regular summer night last night and it was fine up where I was up on the tops of the Batteries where I could see all over the island and New York harbor.
I got paid a week ago last Monday and am nearly broke as I had to get a few things that I needed. I got $13.00 for the month of Dec., so if you will have Uncle Will send me $5.00 I think I will be allright and then I will have a little money in my pocket until I get my next months pay.
You asked me if I needed a sweater. No I don’t think I do the coldest part of the winter is over and I think they are bad things for cold’s.
If I can get a 5 day pass the first of next month I may come home.   I am able to get a twelve hour pass any day of the week and a 36 hour pass on Sat. but I am not going to take any for awhile and perhaps I can get a long one.
I can not sign my insurance to a Uncle or Aunt so I haven’t taken any out yet but will as soon as I get your idea of it. They have certain rules and it is that or not anything.
They are shipping out men here right and left.   Sat. there are 1700 going and eveey day just about the same.
The drafted men coming in here now and they are very strick.  They have no privileges while they are on the island so that is why I was drawn into the gun squad. I hope I stay here this summer as it is fine here and there is all kinds of enjoyments for a little money.
I am going to write a few more notes and it is getting along toward bedtime so I guess I will close.
Hoping this finds you O.K.
I remain
With Lots of Love,

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