WWI Letter from Will G. Johnson
of Navarro County, Texas
|Some misc. WWI news from Blooming Grove paper.
Oct 27, 1918
The Blooming Grove Rustler Vol XXVIII No 47
Letter from Will G. Johnson
France Sept 23, 1918]
My dear mother:
Have been over the top and am still o.k. On the morn of
the (cut out by
sensor) our division went over the top and we gave the
Dutch a dose of Texas boys. Drove them about seven miles
(Paragraph cut out here by censor). Earl and myself are
still alright. Wayne is with the Battalion Scouts. Don't
think he will ever have to go over the top. We occupied
the front lines and advanced 4 1/2 kilometers and held
our position 7 days. It was raining all time but we
stood it and longed for the Hun to try to break our
lines, but in vain. Have never received any Rustlers.
Our mail is some messed up. Am getting little returned
that I wrote 2 weeks ago. So don't expect to hear from
me often. You all must do the writing while I fight. We
don't have a chance to write once a month.
Your Boy Over There
Sgt. Will G. Johnson
Thomas Campbell left Saturday for Boston, Mass, after
having spent three weeks here with his parents. He is in
the Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have two sons doing
service under the Stars and Stripes.
The Rustler received the following from the Publicity
Officer at camp Travis.
Private Odis A. Cole, 25th Co 7th En; 105 D.B. Camp
Travis, has been made Mail Orderly of his company and is
handling his job to take entire satisfaction of all
concerned. His duties as Mail Orderly will win him many
friends as he boys all make a special effort to be good
to the mail man.
Soldier Christmas Gifts
The War Department has decided that all Xmas gifts for
soldiers in France must be sent through the Red Cross.
Instructions for preparing, inspecting and mailing may
be had at T.M. George's grocery store, Sat. Oct 26th.
Parcels must be mailed before Nov. 20th.
J.D. Cole left Wednesday for San Antonio to visit his
son, Odis, before he leaves there. He is to go to some
camp in the north for a month's special training.
Navarro County TXGenWeb
Edward L. Williams