Letter from John Hodges David Jr. to Katherine from "Somewhere at Sea"

Title

Letter from John Hodges David Jr. to Katherine from "Somewhere at Sea"

Description

Lieutenant John Hodges David Jr, Class of 1914, was the first South Carolina officer to be killed in action during World War I.

Source

A2017.3

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Rights

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Relation

John H. David Jr. Collection

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/381

Date Valid

Text

[Page 1]
“Somewhere at Sea”

Dear Katherine:

Your most encouraging and, of course, very muchly appreciated letter was received just before I left Dillon. A pleasant surprise, I should say; for I thought you had forgotten me.

You’re doing your best young lady, at least

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in this instance you’ve certainly helped a soldier to meet responsibilities of doing his duty on the front.

As you notice, we’re at sea; have been out several days. And there’s a lot of facts, happenings, etc. that I would like to tell you, but we can’t, you know. Some-day when I come home and can see you, I’ll talk and talk. You’ll be married, but that won’t matter!

Really, I think I and all my pals are the luckiest

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fellows ever and we are all happy and proud that we are among the first of our troops to get to the front.

I suppose you’re getting along as well as usual with your farming and other industries. For I’ve always thought that you were about the smartest and most energetic; [illegible] in fact, (Pardon, moi, mademoiselle) an all around American girl you are.

Good-bye and good luck to you, Katherine, and best regards to all -

Sincerely,
John

(Excuse this [illegible]

John H. David, Jr.
1st Lieut., Inf., U.S.R..
Unattached
A.E.F.
Via New York

Citation

David, John Hodges Jr., “Letter from John Hodges David Jr. to Katherine from "Somewhere at Sea",” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed December 2, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/381.