Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Newly Arrived Doughboy Aviator Appreciates Thanksgiving

Dated 22 December 1917,  this letter was written by Alabamian Penrose Vass Stout while stationed in France to his sister, Rebecca Stout, in Hartsville, South Carolina. In the letter, Stout reports

Then Thanksgiving came along and we had a real good American dinner, turkey, pumpking pie and all the rest.  It was your birthday, too, Tooks, and of all the things to be thankful for I found you at the head of the list.

The letter goes on to give detailed descriptions of camp  life, flight training, and the soldiers' preparations to celebrate Christmas.

Source: The Alabama Centennial Site

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