Oregon Boys In The War

Letters from Oregon Boys in France
Compiled by Mrs. Frank Wilmot 1918

Sergeant Rees B. Williams

Sergeant Rees B. Williams, of Company L, 161st United States Infantry, now in France, has written to his relatives telling what the Red Cross is doing for the boys "over there".

Last winter, when we were at Camp Mills we received two blankets from the government, but the Red Cross was right there with the third one, as well as sweaters, mufflers and wristlets.

When aboard the transports which brought us to France the Red Cross folks gave us tobacco.

The day we landed in France, December 31, 1917, English Red Cross woman were down on the quay with apples and hot coffee for us.

When I came to a hospital here my pajamas, bathrobe and slippers all came from the Red Cross; and the Red Cross nurses waited on me as my mother would have done, night and day.

On my way back to camp one dismal morning it looked as if we should have to sleep upon the floor of the freight room. But an American Red Cross woman came in and took us to their rest room, where we had egg sandwiches, hot chocolate and pudding. After eating we were taken to a dormitory to sleep on real beds with linen sheets.

In the living room were a piano, papers, magazines, comfortable chairs, stationary and cigarettes - all free to any member of the A.E.F., and all made possible by the contributions of the folks back home.