Jul
2012

Brooklyn Naval Yard, November 11, 1918 “I guess the Germans have quit at last. It sure is some big day.”

Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 11, 1918

My Dearest Maudy,

I received your letter last night and was sure glad to hear from you.

I guess the Germans have quit at last. It sure is some big day. Parades are going all the time and the streets are very crowded. Oh, how I wish you were here to see the things that happen. The people are going crazy. They are just mad with happiness.

I am going to try and get out just as soon as possible and then that will be happy day for me for I am tired of the life. It don’t suit me very well.

How will it suit you to have me come back and tease you and go out and have a real old good time, the kind we used to have only I have changed a whole lot. I know I sure would like to be back and have a real time once more. I will someday, dear girl, and then we will have a real time.

I must close for now.
Your loving Clark

Jul
2012

Brooklyn Naval Yard, October 28, 1918

Brooklyn, NY
October 28, 1918

My Dearest Maudy,

I got your letter yesterday and was sure glad to hear from you. I am back again in old Brooklyn. It is lots better than the South Dakota. Say, I may beat this letter there but if I don’t, don’t forget I am coming. How many dances are we going to have? Sylvan is here and we are having a very good time.

Say, Maude, I can’t think of very much to write so I will close for this time.
From your loving Clark

So at this point, Sylvan’s sent her a ring. Clark keeps talking about it. What sort of notes to Sylvan and Clark share? I wonder.

Jul
2012

Brooklyn Naval Yard, October 28, 1918 – “You make money slow in the Navy.”

Brooklyn, NY
October 26, 1918

My Dearest Maude,

I am back in Brooklyn come back yesterday and will til about the 20th of November and then eighteen months in France.

I seen Sylvan this morning but did not get a chance to talk to him.

I am sure glad to get off the S[outh] D[akota]. She sure is a madhouse. I never put five months of my life like them.

Say, Maude, I will try and send that ring by Xmas. I have got $70 toward it already. You make money slow in the navy and I don’t want to draw any out of the bank. Will that be all right? If not tell me, dear, and I will send it. Now don’t be afraid to say no.

I and my pal was out of New York about 40 miles last night. A lady took us out in her car. Some time, believe me. Of course I was kinda in the road being the third one but they said I had to go along. Gee I wish you were there. It would have been much nicer.

Well, I must close for this time.
From your loving Clark.
Navy YMCA

Jul
2012

New York City, September 26, 1918

New York City
Sept. 26, 1918

My Dearest Maudy —

I received five letters from you last night and was sure glad to get them. Some of them were wrote in June but they was welcome for I sure like to hear from my dear girl. You see I don’t have much time to write for we are only in port four or five days at a time and there is lots of work to do in that. Write whenever you can. I am on watch at present and writing on my knee and it is hard work.

What did Hugh try to get in to, the Army or Navy? I doubt it made him mad.

I had to knock off and go take a message down to the Captain. I get to write about a minute at a time and am in a hurry.

I got a letter from Dick last night and he is fine and dandy.

I do not suppose you will here from me for a long time for I am leaving for about six months in France but I will write when I get there and when I come back I will try and come and see you. You talk about you would like to see me. How about I would give a whole lot to see you. I would jump for four or five days to get a chance to see you.

Who is teaching school in Harvard this year?

Say, you tell Ruby I fell for her and her tooth. Tell her Hugh might help it but  I believe Dick is the best for he has lots of instruction on first aid.

I must close for this time.
From your loving Clark.

P.S. Send my mail to the Navy YMCA 167 Sand St. Brooklyn for I don’t know my address.
Ans soon.

Jun
2012

USS South Dakota (NY), August 21, 1918

New York, NY
August 21, 1918

My Dearest Maude,

Yours received and was sure glad to hear from you. I sail again tomorrow. Gee we just get in and have to go again. We coaled ship the last two days and I am all in tonight. I am just drop[ping] a line to you dear girl before I leave for you can’t tell I may get out to sea and run up again a sub and it is a long way to swim.

I suppose Hugh is still at home.I sure would like to get back for a week or so. We would have some time, take it from me.

I suppose Dick has gone to sea already. I bet he will feed the fish. I know I did the first trip. When he gets stationed give me his address and I will write to him, for I have not heard form him since he left Seattle.

Say, I will send you that ring the next trip dear. That is, if I get back and I think I will. I am getting sleepy so will close for this time.

From your loving Sailor,
Clark
USS South Dakota
℅ PM NY