And a photo of the girl he left behind him, Miss Oma Calahan, in Farmersville, Texas. She wrote on the back of this photo: "I wasn't mad when this was made. I was just facing the sun." This photo was made in the autumn of 1918 and was one of those she sent to him in a letter.
For family and others who would like a bit more of the story, I've transcribed and linked three of my grandfather's letters:
- in late October as he sailed for Europe
- on November 19 at the edge of the battlefield in France
- on November 28 from Germany