June 3, 1917

Dear Ma:-

Your two letters and Betty's arrived today. No newspapers or packages have come yet, but they say that we will get a bunch of second class matter tomorrow. - All this week we have been on the road and it has all been very pleasant, except for the food which is rotten. We have had cold meat, cheese and bread for lunch and dinner and punk coffee and bread for breakfast until everyone feels rather low. We get lots of food, but no nourishment.

We are now attached to the nineteenth division which has been back en repos, but which leaves for the front today. We are most likely going to Verdun.

Last Monday we left Paris and have taken until today getting to our division. We came through Montmirail, St. Dizier and Bar-le-Duc. Now we are between Bar and Verdun, near Fleurilly.

I am sorry that the measles hit so hard. I have been perfectly fine and I hope by the time this gets to you, you will be O.K.

Now I must go eat a bit more of this food to keep alive. Our kitchen burned up in Paris is why the food is so poor. Most of us eat chocolate by the pound to keep going. I am going after blesses' this P. M. and tomorrow we get on the road again.

Please write and let me have anything you can that has sort of a concentrated essence of food - soup tablets, etc. This morning, only about two fellows ate what was supplied, the rest got eggs or something and cooked them in their mess tents. I am going to do this, too, if things don't improve.