|Letter from Albert Ahrens, USS Cyclops, to his brother and family in Oshkosh, WI.
Norfolk Va. August 19, 1917
My dear Sisiterinlaw, brother & nephews!
Your most welcome letter reached me in good health and I certainly appreciated it very much.
I hope this letter reaches you in good health and wish to hear of you oftener, thank you.
Well, I say for a fact I certainly do like my ship now. It is certainly a good home. An officer has it a little better than we have it. It's a good home. If you would see me you would say, I got it pretty soft. We sleep in bunks on here, no hammocks; lockers to keep your clothes in. We sleep until 7:15 AM. 7:30 AM we eat breakfast. Plenty to eat. I gained four pounds since I came back. 154 pounds I weigh, when I was discharged I weighed 164. Will try to run over the mark. Worl 3 hours in the morning. Every afternoon off until 8:30 PM; with $45.00 per month. Pretty soft alright.
How is all the neighbors? I hope all well. Give them all my regards and best wishes.
We will sail for South America and France in another week. If I come out alive, I will tell you my experiences we had in South America and France, and if we saw any submarines.
Did John go up and see my little sweetheart? I hope he did. Her sister is in the hospital too for an operation.
Well, how is everything in Oshkosh? Hope OK. Did put that in the paper, that I re-enlisted? If not, I wish you would.
How is the little ones? I haven't heard from Fred yet.
Say, if John goes to church Sunday, ask him to go into the priest's house and ask him for my baptising certificate. I got to have one to prove my citizenship. I will get $5.00 more per month for that.
Regards to all.
From your brotherinlaw,
Brother & uncle
Mr. Albert G. Ahrens
c/o P.M. New York
I was born March 9, 1894 if the Priest wants to know when I was born.
Regards to Engels Barshes and all acquaintances.
-WORLD WAR I
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