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May 18, 1917 – The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence

Co. N – R.O.T.C.,

Ft. Sheridan,

May 18th


Dear Folks:-

Received the towels, etc. this afternoon. Thank you for sending them so promptly. Thanks also for the papers and the chocolate.

Everything is fine here. So far it has been more like a vacation – not that we don’t have to work and work hard all the time, but it is such a change that I can’t realize until I think back just how much work we have done.

There are several things I would like to have you send me when you have the chance, among them are my shaving mirror which I think is in my old Culver trunk, my best canvas puttees, which were on the shelf in my closet, my two suits of pajamas, my tennis slippers, bathing suit and supporter from Fox Lake and my ’09 Culver jersey. If you can find my blue celluoid soap box send that along.

I intend to send all my civilian clothes home in a few days.

I think you will find in my drawing box (on my closet shelf) a bicycle oil can, which please inclose also one of those samples of Marble’s gun oil of which we had so many last year.

Will write a regular letter Sunday.

Love to all,


Please don’t send any cookies, etc as I intend to stick to straight Army rations for a while at least.


The front of Mortimer’s May 18 letter to his parents.

The front of Mortimer’s May 18 letter to his parents.

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