This is a letter George wrote to his brother William on December 8, 1917. Army records show that his unit was stationed at Camp de Coetquidan, in Brittany, northwest France.

Dec. 8 1917

Dear Brother William
Received your welcom letter of Oct 27 and am glad things are well with you. No doubt that big chicken dinner you fellows were to have is all over and forgotten about. But I might eat a chicken dinner, but don't think I could forget it. We had turkey for Thanksgivin so that's getting back at you a little. A fellow don't dare talk about eating big chicken dinners here lest he gets his block knocked off ha'ha'. But our eats here are pretty good. Well Willie I am glad to hear you are going to night school because a fellow can never learn to much. It will prepare you
 

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better for a chance at the bank. I can imagine how it is in the K/C by this time. I thought Coney Anderson was exempted on account of his rupture. Well he will have to go some to beat us over here over here. He probably will like N.S. better when he gets over here. Smithy wrote me while we were in Camp Mills and probably mentioned about the same as he told you. A fellow is never satisfied at any one place. He always wants to keep on moving to the next place then wishes he were back to the camp he just left so that's the way it goes. We have just about reached our last camp, the next place we
 

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Hart probably is drafted by this time but I don't think that draft will ever see action. Hudson I bet is some soldier in the Home Guards. I can just see him doing squads right (left) shoulder arms etc. We had 3 solid months of it. Bill Blackman is still sticking with us. He was dressed in a sailors suit coming across and helped with the electrical work on the ship. He and I get to talking about what is going on at in K.C. and what we are going to do when we get back etc. Willie tell Mama I am going to start numbering
 

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the letters I send home. A letter has to go so far that it is easy to loose one once in a while. The next letter will be no. 1 the next 2 etc. If mam gets no 3 before no 2 she will know one letter has gone astray.
Some of the fellow in our Co. are out on detail today and the balance of us are in the barracks roasting potatoes, cooking other stuff on the heater etc. chew the rag about one thing and another. We have been waiting for pay day for so long, that most every one in this Co. is in the hands of the receivers. We expect to be paid real soon now
 

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There is a whole lot of interest I would like to tell you but it would be cut out by the censor. Tell Earl will write him soon. Will close for now hoping to hear again from you real soon. Wishing you a merry christmas and a happy New Year.

Your Brother
George

N L DeArmond
Captain 70
117 Amm Tn