Letters Home: Ralston McClain Writes to Home Folks

From the May 9, 1918 Skidmore News, page 8:

Ralston McClain Writes to Home Folks.

Dear Ones at Home: —

I will try to write you a few lines to let you know that I am still well and having a good time.

I had another forty-eight hour leave Saturday and Sunday. Was in New York most of the time. Went to Bronx Park in the afternoon and had a fine time. Yesterday was sure a fine day to be out; just like spring in Missouri.

I sure would love to see you, but I am not homesick.

I like the ship fine, so far. I guess we are going to leave soon, but I don’t know where we’ll go, so if you don’t hear from me for awhile, don’t worry about me for I am alright, and I am not the least bit uneasy about going to sea, in fact I am anxious to go. And I am still a Christian, so there’s nothing to fear.

I will write to you just as soon as I can again, but there won’t be any chance to send mail at sea, but whatever you do, don’t worry, but be glad that I am able and old enough to go, for it is for a good cause and I go willingly.

We sure are a happy bunch this morning. There are several on the ship who have never been to sea and we are crazy to get a taste of it.

Now, don’t believe everything that you hear, for there are lots of people who make it a business to kill the joy in ones life, but don’t let them fill you full of hair-raising tales about the horrors of the sea, but thank God you had some oen to send.

Well, I will close as there isn’t any news. Let me tell you again not to worry about me, but remember that I am Christian and not afraid to go anywhere when God is with me. No matter where I go, I will always think of you and live the life you want me to.

Love to all, Ralston.