WWI Letter from Will G. Johnson
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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.

Promoted
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.

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