Letter from Paul W. Derrickson to Ralph N. Derrickson, 27 March 1918
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American Y.M.C..A. On Active Service with the AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE March 27, 1918 My Dear Bro:--
Well, old Man I just want to drop you a letter of Congratulations, which you certainly deserve. I know that you have worked awfully hard and I am sure that you have received your commission. If by any chance you have failed any I am sure that it was not your fault. They slip up sometimes on the best of men, but I am hoping that you are going to come thro' with flying colors and we are all proud of you.
I have only a minute to write so I want to tell you what to get for yourself and thereby avoid the expensive mistake that I made. Now to those Officers that were coming to France they issued a list