September 11, 1917

Dear Grandpa: -

Your letter of the 14th came two days ago, and was very welcome, for altho' none of us are boasting of "croix de guerres", it is encouraging to know that the folks at home believe we are doing what we came to do. When I say that none of us are boasting of medals, as yet, I must also add, in fairness to the section, that I don't think any of us have had the chance to show that we deserved one. We have had the hard luck and yet I suppose the good luck, of being placed in an extremely quiet sector where there is very little possibility of action. And yet it is remarkable how many there are - fully half the section, I believe - who are angry with everybody from President Poineare down to our French cook, because we haven't been moved to some place where we will see some action. They want only to see the grand show, go through it once, and get home to talk about it. One can't persuade them that we have a job right here and if it is easy and small, that that is all the more reason for doing it as well as possible.

However, it does grate against one's feelings to have new sections sent right into the middle of real doings while we sort of watch from the side lines.

Mother has written glowing accounts of all you have been doing at home and all I can say is, "It's great!" Sometimes it seems to us here as though Congress and the officials were awfully slow about getting results. After that, it is fine to hear of all the enthusiasm that you have aroused at home and I only wish someone would stick a pin into the officials at Washington in the same way that you all have stuck them into Morristown.

However, we all have our duties in this war end the sooner everyone pulls together, and hard, the sooner the Bosche will be licked. Let's hope it will be soon.

Harvey

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