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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Letter to Aunt Ida - September 5, 1918
Sept. 5, 1918
Dear Aunt Ida,
Your letter came yesterday certainly does seem good to get letters from home.
Well since I wrote home last there has been a lot of changes in our Company. Some of our old boys have been transfered and we have had a steady stream coming in and going out. You would wonder where so many men came from and where they find so many different faces. I never saw such ignorant people in all my life they don’t seem to know their right hand from their left. The wise ones are getting our of this draft in large cities through politics.
Since I wrote last our 1st Sergh. has been reduced and I am now acting first Sergh. That is the highest non-commissioned officer. If I made good it is just as good as a commission with a pay of $51.00 a month.
We expect to go across next week, that is we leave here for the port of embarkation. We don’t know where that is now but will know before we go. Some of the regiments have gone to Halifax from here and some to Newport News.
I have a [?] by myself with a clerk that does the clerical work and it is much better than it was. You need not tell anyone that I am acting 1st Sergeant as the fellow that I relieved is from Montpelier and if it gets around of course his folks will feel bad. He has been transfered out of the Company. He was a mighty nice fellow but the Captain did not like him very well as he was slack. Do not mention this as the same thing may happen to me and perhaps it will as I am short of experience.
Will write again in a few days and let you know some more about when we are gong and where to
With love and kisses
Posted by Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield at 5:15 PM