Friday, December 6, 1918
The war now over and the ship out of dry dock, Harold tells his mother he will be home on Christmas Eve.
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Dec 6, 1918
Mare Island Calif.
My Darling Mother: -
Just got thru with a big supper and believe me I was hungry as we coaled ship to-day in the rain and it sure was a dirty job, 77 tons and another barge is along side now with more coal so I know what we are up against to-morrow, we coal with baskets and each basket hold from eighty to one hundred pounds and we lift them from the barge to a platform on the side of the ship and then up on deck and then pass them along, some job.
Well Mother I am short on news but we pulled out of the dry dock yesterday and are now tied up at Mare Island. Tonight is my liberty night but I gave my liberty to another fellow as I am busted but I’ll borrow money to go ashore Sunday as I think it will be our last here as we are going to head home soon.
I was going to write last night but I wrote a letter to Emma and at 7:30 P.M. I swung my hammock and turned in as I was very tired and sleepy. I am feeling fine and you should see me eat, I can’t get enough any more.
The crowd is around me and playing the Victrola and I am having a hard time to write, there goes the “Livery Stable Blues” on the Victrola, home sweet home. In three more weeks I’ll be able to play it at home so cheer up and count the days as I’ll be home the 24th, 18 more days.
How is my little sister and what does she do all day? Tell her I said good morning.
I must stop for now and wash clothes as this is the first we have had water on board for eight days and I have some washing to do.
Give my love and best regards to the folks and tell them I’ll be home again soon.
With Love and many
Kisses to my Darling Mother.
Harold W. Lampshire.
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