June 11, 1918
Dear Father & Mother:
Your welcome letter of May 9th received a day or two ago just as I had come in from a trip to the line where we worked about 48 hours continuously under difficult and quite exciting conditions. We were very tired and it was sure a relief to get a good night’s sleep.
I think every American Soldier has done the best that was in him, as no doubt you have read in the papers what they have done. Joe and I have neither gotten a scratch as yet, but I consider it was luck as there were many narrow escapes. Well, I guess I will not mention too much about the war as I don’t want you to think we are discouraged.
Elsie sent me some pictures of you and Mama, Art, Elsie, Rollie and the kids. I was sure glad to get them. When I get to where I can I will have my picture taken and send you.I have been close enough to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. Would like to visit the city someday before returning to the U.S.
Hoping you like your new location and with lots of love I remain your Son,
Robert E. Schalles, Pvt. M.D.
1st Amb Co. American E F.
via New York
P.S. 3:30 p.m.
Just received your letter of May 16th as I got this finished. Will write again soon.
R E S