Ray Potter, 39th Infantry.
Somewhere in the World.
25 November, 19–,
To Mother, Ms. Sadie Potter.
Ms. Sadie Potter,
I will write you a few lines this after noon, to let you know I am feeling fine. And hope this will find you the same.
Well Mother I think I will be sailing for the U.S.A. soon. Whitch we are hopeing so. Mother what is papa doing these days. I guess still in the mines. tell pappa this war doings has made a man out of me for this shure was some war.
Mother I would have written oftener then I have but have been so busy moving around I havent had time to write. Mother I have still got your ring you have me before I left I have it around my neck.
Mother we are haveing a little rain here today but we have been haveing fine weather at that.
Well mother I guess you have heard about the big drive the 35 D.W. pull off at the 25 of Sept it was on the Verdun front the boys shure did do some hard fighting, I shure sun some dead Dutchman they. was pulled up like. cats. Thier heads was. cut off. and they was pulled. every way The Supply. Co. last afout go head of horses and mules and never lost a man. We was sure lucky. I was lucky for getting out they shot one of my horses that was on the wheel. I was on the seat. Piles of the shells flew all around me. Well mother I think I will be home before long. Well mother I must close with love to all, please dont forget. Pay. Good-bye. To one and all. Hopeing to hear from you soon.
P.S. Well mother I have been thinking of you all the time so good-bye from your son
Ray Potter will close with lots of love and kisses.
Msv1_P1. Violette Collection of WWI Soldiers’ Letters. Mudsp Collection V1. Truman State University Special Collections.