ON ACTIVE SERVICE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
June 30, 1918
Dear Father and Mother:
Will write you a few lines. Things are still quite lively here, about the same when I last wrote. Not long ago I saw a German airplane come down in flames. One of the men fell out and hit the ground a few rods from where I was. I have a button off of his coat.
I hope the war will end soon for I would hate to spend a winter here, as it is not very warm for summer weather.
I read in the Cortez Herald that Charles and John Hickey have joined the Marines. I think the U.S. Marines are as fine a bunch of soldiers as ever shouldered a gun. They have sure proved themselves over here.We all have to send home our serial numbers. Mine is 5529. Be sure and copy it down and not lose it as it is very important.
As there is nothing to write about will close.
This leaves Joe and I well. With love I remain your son,
Robert E. Schalles Pvt M.D.
1st Amb Co.
American E F