April 15, 1918 Mother mine and Folks at home: Haven’t received any mail for quite a long time, but as we have been on the move expect a lot someday soon. You will have had the news of my being cited a long time when this reaches you and possibly the news of our action. (Ink gave out) but will write a little about it anyway. When we left S. our quiet sector for report, the troops marched and we picked up those unable to keep up and those who were sick. On arriving at our destination, I and four of the boys were given leave. The place we were to go was Aux la Bains. Went to Paris, had breakfast at the Hotel Continental. Lunch at Chinese Umbrella. Dinner at Café de la Paix. Went to Olympia (show) afterwards. The next day left for Aux la Bains. Sitting up all night. Arrived at 8:00 am and went to the Hotel Du Nord. Took the famous baths after breakfast and a trip around town. Had lunch, shaved, etc and did some more town and the big casino which before the war was a big gambling hall, next to Monte Carlo. It is now YMCA Hdgts. Had dinner and I went to bed. The bother boys went to a concert at the Y. About 9:30 they came back with a wire to return to our section at one. Left at 10:00 pm. Sitting up all night. Arrived in Paris and received our directions, as our section had some to the front (somewhere). Arrived there the next day right in the center of the bid drive at that time. I went on duty that night and we had four different posts that night. That was the twenty fifth, in the next three days we had about five more. We would wait until Fritz started in one end and then we would go out of the other. The artillery fire was a continual roar all day and all night, but the hardest part was the driving at night without lights in a continual stream of traffic. Trucks (never ending) artillery troops, food wagons, ammunition wagons, ambulances and staff cars and this in a strange country (no map). (And to a hospital that might be full or moved when you arrived) Then the uncertainty of your post still being there on your return or which was even possible of shaking hands with a Fritz. There was many a sad sight, as the refugees trailed along the road, with what they could have push in wheelbarrows leading cows, goats, etc. What they were unable to take was left for either the French soldiers to eat or the Boche to get. Every pot had chicken in it. Beef was killed on the grounds. Pork and veal also. And of course it wasn’t far to wine, every cellar here is a wine cellar. We were a full week on the go, also the division where we were relieved and believe me it was so appreciated. On our way to the rear, we had a few bombs dropped near, but loss of sleep was the only damage to us. The medal which I receive is the Croix de Guerre with a silver star. The classes run Sanataire, Regimental, Division, Army. Mine is Division the highest of the stars, the Army bears a palm. Our Lieutenant prepared a punch and invited us in after dinner, where he broke the good news with a toast. It was a mighty pleasant surprise I can tell you. Well mother so much for the war. Received a pkg from you yesterday and it was broken all to pieces, a little candy, and about a half can of Prince Albert was all that was left, be sure and harden up the next (which) I hope will arrive when I am on my way home to you all. Well mother mine, I am as ever you son. Ted 22 Division of Infantry Division 186 The General Commading 22 Div of Infantry conductors Edmond Littlefield, Harry James, George Harris, John Frenning. Have rapidly carried out the wounded with courage and endurance. Their services have been rendered even up to the most advanced lines in the midst of machine gun fire in very perilous surroundings. They have given a fine example of self sacrifice. Signed & confirmed by General Renoward. TO: Mrs. Florence Littlefield 2528 Madison Ave. Ogden, Utah U.S.A. FROM: E.A. Littlefield SSU 64R Par BCM Paris France.
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