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June 7, 1917 – The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence

June 7th 1917.

Dear Folks:-

We have been so busy all the week that I simply haven’t had a chance to even drop you a card. This sure has been a humdinger as far as work is concerned and the weather has been very bad. It has been cold and raw since Sunday with frequent showers but not enough rain to interrupt our drills.

The registration board returned my certificates of registration today. I was #5 in our precinct in Beaver Dam. All of us sent our cards in from here last week.

Tuesday we took a hike to Lake Forest, total trip of about nine miles, made with heavy packs of 45#. We made the nine miles in three hours including halts and that is going some for the usual rate of marching is 2 ¼ to 2 ½ miles an hour including halts. Of course the populace and society turned out to see us.

Hope I will be able to get away to come home Saturday. Don’t worry about my having to get back before “Taps” because I can get special permission to get in later. I won’t have to leave till the 5:20 CM&StP.

I enjoyed the letters very much and am returning them before they are lost. Love to all,

Mortimer.

Lawrence also received mail. This letter from his Uncle Mort—his namesake—was also written on June 7.

Lawrence also received mail. This letter from his Uncle Mort—his namesake—was also written on June 7.

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