France June the 13/1917
Dear Mr. Irwin
Many thanks for your kindly welcome letter receved this morning written on Apr the 27th I am surprised to hear that Karl is on his way for Overseas I don’t think he will be in England very long, he will likely come to France very soon.
I am going to write a letter to him right now that is to England & ask him to what Battalion he is going to in France so I can locate him out here when he comes out
I only wish he could come out to our Battalion then we would be together & I would help him as much as I could Regarding to the Place you are asking me or I was there? yes I was I, am still there. The weather is very good in France at present. I was out for 6 days rest & going in the line to night
Yes I forgot I, am going on leave sometime in August as the are giving the boys a privilege to go to Paris but I think I’ll go to Blighty (England) really it would not make any deference to me or I go to England or France as I got no relations in either other of thhe countries but I think I’ll get to England just to be away from France for a little while (what a releve) to sleep in a good bed & eat a good meal once in a while
I collect quite a few suvenirs I got a German helmet rather & ring with Iron cross on it it is a dandy you know & also quite a bit of German money which I took away from a Hun which I wounded him & then took prisoner in a big scrap we had sometimes ago. I wounded him in two places you know I shot once from a 32 German automatic revolver which I captured on a little raid we had & got him in his right arm & you know it seems not toefect him at all & he was still coming at me so I used a mills bomb grenade & threw at him & got him in his leg shoulder he fell down and start to cry comarad mercy comarad. The first thing he threw an me was his water & then I took the other articuls out myself, some of the Huns are fighting so long till you are near them & then they’ll hold up there hands rather one hand & throw a bomb at you with the other hand but we are wise to all those jokes of his.
Well I guess that is about all Ive got to say for just now I think I’ll close hoping to hear from you soon again
I am yours very
Please remember me to all
Best wishes for all at home