Letters Home: Pierre Karr in Long Island

Printed in the April 18, 1918 Skidmore News, page 10:

From Our Boys.

Pierre Karr Writes to Home Folks.

Long Island, N. Y., April 6, 1918.

Dear Folks:

I received your flowers and letter last night.  Ever so much obliged for the same.

Well, I am still on this side of the Atlantic.  We are under quarantine yet and none of us know when we are going to leave.  We are all anxious, now, to get across as soon as we can and get things over with.

I told you about Paul coming up from Cambridge and seeing me didn’t I?  We had a very good time together and of course we were both glad to see one another.

Have you got the photos yet?  When you get them, send me two, will you?  The weather sure has been nice here the last few days.

By the way, I got a glimpse of that large Caproni airoplane flying over camp.  It sure is a large machine.  Some of the fellows went over to Field No. 1 to see it at close hand but I haven’t been over yet.

The squadron hasn’t done any flying since we came to this place as there are no planes here.  This is mainly a concentration depot where the squadrons are fitted and equipped for over sea service.  We are fully equipped now, even down to our pup tents.  A fellow has more equipment than he would imagine after everything is assembled together.  They have given us two showdown inspections already.  Clothing and everything has to be laid out in a specified manner on our bunks.  At the last one we had our mess kits inspected twice and those that had the least bit of dirt on them were turned down and not allowed a pass to town.  Of course, since we were put under quarantine, no passes have been issued at all to go to town.

I and one of my buddies went down to Hempstead last night and took in the show.

Well, as the old saying is, everything is lovely and the goose hangs high.  I am in good health now and have just as strong an appetite as ever although, I tell you, I would sure love to eat some home cooking once more.  We get good food, what there is of it, but you know you don’t see anything much of pies and cakes in the army.  One thing is lacking on the army bill of fare and that is desserts.  I think I miss the sweet things more than anything.

Well, I presume the people in civilian life are saving as much as they can for their soldiers and allies.  It is a pretty good plan, I think, as this food question is a rather strong factor in helping win this war.  We, of course, are not hampered any along this line.  We always have the pure wheat bread and meat every day, too.

Did I tell you before that we had moved out of the wooden barracks into tents?  I like the tents a great deal better, myself, as they are much healthier to live in.  Of course things are somewhat unhandy about washing and shaving, though.

What are Ferman and Orval doing now?  Tell them to write me as soon as they can get around to it.

I don’t know as I can think of much more to write about so will close, hoping to hear from you again, soon.

Your son,

Pierre Karr.  183 Aero Squadron, Hempstead Field No. 2, Long Island, N. Y.