From John, Jamaica N.Y. 5/9/1918

John J. O'Farrell, Joe's brother-in-law

Jeffry Ave, Jamaica, N.Y.

9 May 1918

Dear Joe:

From your latest letter I know that you will soon be on your way to fight the battle of right for humanity and the good old U.S.A. and I wish to God that I was with you, but my home ties and responsibility to my family prevent it, but later on if I am called I will be there to do my duty in the way that every true American should.  But, dear boy, keep the light of faith in your heart at all times and you will be a credit to yourself and family and the country that gave you birth.  Our heart and mind will be with you always and our prayers for your safety and good health will not go unanswered I feel sure.

When the time come to show what stuff your are made of, I am positive that the Bosches will see a genuine sample of American pluck and determination who will never flinch in the face of danger.  Keep before your eyes the figures of the poor defenseless, half starved women and children of war ridden Belgium, who were desecrated so inhumanly by a lot of cowardly beasts, not worthy of the name men.  Think of what that bunch of yellow curs would do to your sisters and their children if they were successful in ever reaching our shores.

Remember your God and your church and receive the sacraments as often as possible, whenever the opportunity affords, for you know that a good Catholic with the love of God in his heart will be guided through danger by the mystic hand of Jesus and his blessed mother Mary.

I am exceedingly busy at the present time, mainly on account of increased movement of troops and can’t get away for any length of time or otherwise I would make the trip to Norfolk to see you before you go over the top, but because we can’t make the trip, Joe, don’t think that we are neglectful of you.  We all appreciate the seriousness of the situation and our every thought is of you, but please keep in mind that if we were to make the trip maybe the parting would be harder to bear and we want our son to go into the conflict with head erect and unmindful of other things.

If there is anything you may want don’t hesitate to ask and we will send it to you.

I will close now, dear brother, with my heartfelt wishes for your safety and good conduct I the face of battle and in the hope that your name will be among those decorated for devotion to duty and patriotic service.  May God bless you always, affectionately,

John

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Camp Stewart, Virginia 5/4/1918

DEAR SISTER.  EXPECT TO LEAVE SHORTLY COULDN’T PA AND JOHN OR SOME ONE COME DOWN AND SEE ME WOULD LIKE TO SEE PA IN FACT ALL  BEFORE LEAVING TRY AND ARRANGE TO HAVE THEM REACH CAMP HEAR EARLY SUNDAY  NOTIFY ME BY TELEGRAM  FEELING FINE.

BROTHER JOE.

1035 AM

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Camp Stewart, Virginia 5/4/1918

Co A

May 4th 1918

Dear Sister Madaline:

Left Spartanburg and arrived Newport News last night very much to my delight but sorry to think that I will not see you all before going “Over their”.  We have not received any pay as yet and think we will leave shortly without money thierfore I and going to ask for money through telegram.  That is I am going to telegram now so that when you receive this letter my telegram will have reached you before this letter.  My letter is going to be different than others as I think the censor will inspect all letters, but any way I am going to say what I think even though the censor does camaflodge some words of information.

Dear sister we are going through a hard thing when we leave this country to fight over their for freedom for this generation and the coming and this might be my last good letter that I cam write you but always remember and feel as I do that your only brother is coming back safe and is going away with high spirits.  Please notify all my folks at Astoria and friends that my stay is short and do not expect to see New York again until our point is reached.

Now dear sister when we board the ship their will be no letters going out but I am going to send you a post card with stamp placed in this manner so that you can know we are one day nearer our only delight and that is to fight the Hun no matter what kind of fighting game he puts up.  I think the 27th division will show them up.  Must close now with millions of love and kisses to you all.

Your Brother

Joe

PS:  Love to pa and cheer him up.  Tell Bob that I will soon be home safe.  My address is

105 U.S. Inf Co A

Camp Stewart

Newport News Virginia

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