(This is written on stationery from the YMCA. Printed on the paper: ARMY AND NAVY YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION "WITH THE COLORS")
Camp Mills Long Island N.Y July 1st 1918
Dearest Berta I will drop you a few lines to let you hear from me this leaves me well truly hope it will find you all well I arrived at Long Island N.Y. Sunday morning at 23 am I will be here just a few days and I then will sail for France. Kid we had a fine trip up here we didn't stop only for coal and ice [Sans?] this is a large camp and the aeroplanes is flying over it like black birds over a rice field
(Printed at the bottom of the stationery: To the Writer: Save by Writing on Both Sides of this Paper. To the Folks at Home: Save Food, Buy Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps.)
Dear you may send my mail to the address I gave you at Spartanburg don't use my present address at all I haven't got a letter from you since I got the card our mail hasn't got here yet Kid they are going to give us a 24 hour pass to visit N.Y.C. I don't care to go over I may dicide to go the 4th two of our men got off on the way and we haven't seen them sence [san?] I will try to write to you every day that I stay here I cannot tell you just how many that will be.
Kid I sure do like it here if I were out of the army and you were here I would stay here it is cold at night but pleasant in the day time I sure do put in some sleep say you [come?] make that pillow and when I get [over?] you can send it and my [p?] if you please Well I will have to close for [this?] time it is about [?] time with all my love and ten thousand kisses I remain your loving Ben A.E.F.
Camp Mills Long Island, July [?] 18 N.Y.
Dearest Berta I will again this evening attempt to write you a short letter I am well everything is lovely here I just woke up been asleep most all the eve called up to mail call and I did not get a letter so I thought I would write to you Kid I truly hope you are well and having a good time Gee whiz it was so cold last night I had to use three hearty blankets and my over coat how is it down there hot as ever? [saw?] we are not doing anything now just sleep
all I want to I useto didn't want to sleep in day time but I sleep now day or night [eather?] [San?] I haven't got any mail from you or anybody else in a week I guess it had to go to [shorlanding?] and then back here Dear how is everything now at home when you write tell me all you know I don't know very much now only I want to see my Berta worse than anything an with say I have dreamed of being home several times lately and Gee how I did love you up [?] [?] about like it would be if it were real