A Soldier’s Letters

World War I Letters written by Alonzo C Taylor to his sister, Elizabeth Taylor.

Transcribed by Robert E. McCormack, May 26, 2006.  An attempt was made to transcribe as accurately as possible and to  retain Clyde’s  original spelling–  editing with punctuation was done  when necessary to end sentences. Letters are in chronological order to give the reader a sense of story

                

  Lizzie Taylor

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Taylor

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Taylor

Alonzo C. Taylor

Alonzo Clyde Taylor

                                                                     

Pvt. Alonzo C. Taylor
Co. K. 16 Inf.
El PasoTexas

 

                                    Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                            Wilkinson
                                             Box 173
                                             West Va.

 

                                

 

 

May 19 1917                                      

El PasoTexas
Co. K. 16 Inf.

Miss Lizzie Taylor

 My Dearest Sister I take my pen in hand to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am enjoying life fine and hope that you are the same.  Well, Cricket, I had some pictures made today and as soon as I get them I will send you girls one. Say, have Inez show you those Kodak pictures that I sent her.  Well are you have a good time.  Hope you are have a good time.  Well, Sister, I will close. Hopping to hear from you soon.  I will write more next time so ans soon.

 With love to all

 Your Loving Brother

Alonzo C Taylor

 

Pvt. Alonzo C. Taylor
Co. K. 16 Inf.
Fort Bliss  Texas

 

                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va.

 

 

May 28 1917

Company K16 Inf

Fort BlissTexas

 Miss Lizzie Taylor

 My Dearest Darling Sister I will try to ans your most highly appreciated letter rec’d to day was so glad to hear from you.  How are you enjoying your self just fine I suppose.  I am have a very good time but I do miss being at home.  Did you get to the second Primer?  This year when school start go all that you can and tell Virginia I said for her to go too.  Gee, but I bet you would not know me if I was to come home and you did not know eny thing about me coming. Say my arm is getting sore.  I got my 17 enociation  to day.  I got one for Typhofoid.   And Gee but they mak a fellows arm sore.  Tell Inez That I would like to see her but I would love to see you the Best. Say are you Growing eny. Gee There go Taps.  That meanes lights out. So I will close.  Hopping to hear from you soon

 and a loving Letter From you loving Brother

  Pvt Alonzo C. Taylor

 P.S. Tell Eddie I said Helo and to ans my letter and that I would love to see him. Good By with love to All.

 

Eddie is the brother of Clyde –Edward Taylor


 

Corp A.C. Taylor                                                                    Soldier Mail

Co. K. 16th Inf.
A.P.O #729 1st Div
A.E.F Germany                                                                                              

 

                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

 

 

Notice that tise letter is written on YMCA stationery

 

America                                                          ON ACTIVE SERVICE

Y.M.C.A                                                                     WITH THE

                                                            AMERICAN EXPEDITONARY FORCE

                                                                                                        

 

Oct. 30th 1917

 Some Where In France

Co. K. 16th  U.S. Infantry

 Miss Lizzie Taylor

 Dearest little sister.  Will try to ans your most Highly Appreciated Letter I rec’d to day.  Was so Glad to Hear from you.  Well, Cricket, How are you enjoying your self now days.  Just Fine I suppose.  I am All O.K. and enjoying my Self fine as could be expect under the curastants (circumstance).  Hope you like your teacher and you must go to School Every Day and be a Good little Girl till Bro come Home.  Have you Growed eny since I left home.  Tell Inez that I would love to see her.  Oh Say I go a litter from Bijah to day.  He said that He was enjoying good health. There is quite a few things over here that is enteresting. In the next letter that I write to you I will tell you about them.  So will Close.  Hopping to hear from you Soon.

  Your loving Bro. Clyde

Good By ans soon

 Pvt Alonzo C. Taylor

Co K 16thU.S. Infantry
A.E.F Par B.C.M. France

 

Bijah is another brother who was attending Veterinary College in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Corp A.C. Taylor                                                                               
Co. K. 16th Inf.
A.P.O #729 1st Div
A.E.F Germany                                                                                              
                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

 

 

Dec 18 1917
A.E.F. Par B.C.M. France
Co K 16thU.S. Infantry

 Miss Lizzie Taylor:

 Dear Sister.  I will try to ans. your most welcome Letter I recd last night. Was to glad to hear from you.  This leaves me All O.K. and enjoying life just fine and hope you are well and enjoying your self just fine. Was glad to hear that you had a good time while you was in Mich.  Sure did appreciate the picture that you and Virginia sent me.  Be sure you Go to School Every Day and try to learn all you can.  Tell Nora I said Helo and to write to me.  Tell Jesse and Eddie to write to me.  I hope that this will find all well and enjoying life just fine.  Tell the boys that I will write to them in a few days. Would write to night but I ant got time so Good Bye.

 With love to All.

 Your loving Bro.

 Pvt. Alonzo C. Taylor
Co K 16thU.S. Infantry
A.E.F Par B.C.M.
France

            O.K. L.V. Davis

            1st Lieut. N.A.

            16 Inf.

 Alice Taylor (mother of Clyde) along with his two sisters,  Virginia and Elizabeth, had visited the Alic Alice Taylor’s sister, Lizzie, in Michigan.

 

Pvt. A. C. Taylor
Co K. 16thU.S. Inf.
A. E. F. Par B. C. M. France
 
                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

                                                                                   

           

 

Somewhere in France
August 9th 1918

 Dearest Sister Lizzie

 Your most appreciated letter rec’d some time ago and was so glad to hear from you but I suppose you think that I am never going to ans but here come the Reply.  I suppose Bijah is still at Logan.  I wrote to him yesterday and I want you to be sure and make him write to me.  I have only as yet one letter from him since I landed in France.  But While He was at Collage I thought he had other work to do.  But I know he can write now.  So make him get busy. Say I was sorry to hear of Mr. & Mrs. Louie Death and I would like to know what they do with him.

Tell Bessie Patrick I said helo. I suppose I will have to close as my pen is dry. So tell the boys I Said helo and that I would love to see them and for them to write. So Good By. 

 Well love to all. Ans soon.

 Your loving Bro.

Clyde

 Pvt. A. C. Taylor
Co K. 16thU.S. Inf.
A. E. F. Par B. C. M. France

 

Bessie Patrick was one of Clyde’s girl friends.  The boys referred to were brothers Ed and Jesse.  Mr. & Mrs. Louis were probably neighbors.

 

Corp. Alonzo C. Taylor
Co. K. 16th Infantry
American E. F.
A.P.P 729
                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

 

 

 

Jan 10th 1919
Moschheim, Germany
Co. K. 16th Infantry

 Dear little Sister

I just recd your letter.  Was so Glad to hear from you.  I hope you will Pardon me for not writing before now as I got several letter from you Girls that I did not ans.  But I had so much other work to do that I did not have time to write to eny one.  But I had to take the time to write to Mama.  I am very glad that your School has started again.  You must go every day.

I hope that Brother will get to come home before long.  But I can not tell you now when I will get Back.  No one Seams to know.  I say Stay over her for a year yet.  But I hope I won. eny way for I am getting tired of this Country and hope I wont have to stay over very much longer.  Tell Virginia I said helo and That I would Love to See her. Also that I send her My love  and Best Wishes.  I will write to her in a few Days.

With Love to all

 Your Loving Bro. Clyde

 Corp Alonzo C. Taylor
Co. K. 16th Infantry
American E. T.
A.P.O 729

 

Mama is Alice Taylor, Virginia is his sister


 

Corp Alonzo.C. Taylor                                                                       Soldier Mail

Co. K. 16th Inf.
American E.F
A.P.O #729                                                                                        

 

                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

 

 

Jan 14th 1919
Moscheim, Germany
Co. K. 16th Infantry

 Dear Sister

 I will try to ans your most highly appreciated letter I recd last night. Sure was glad to hear from You.  This leavs me enjoying life just fine.  Dear I can not promise you when I will get to come home for I do not know.  Hope I get back soon for I sure am tired of this country. America is the only Place.  I hope your Enjoyed Xmas and News Years.  I Had a very good time but nothing like last one that I spent at home.

Tell Bessie Patrick I Said helo and that I would love to hear from you more often.  So Get busy and write.  Hope you like your Teacher.  I suppose it will be about three years before I will get out of the Army. But that is not too long.

Trusting this will find all well and enjoying Life.  Write as often as you can.

 Your Loving Brother Clyde

 P.S. Hope you have got those Pictures Before now.

 Corp Alonzo C. Taylor
Co K 165h Infantry
American E.T
A.P.P 729


 

Corp A.C. Taylor                                                                    Soldier Mail

Co. K. 16th Inf.
A.P.O #729 1st Div
American Forces Germany                                                                                       

 

                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va. U.S.A

 

 

Deamback, Germacy
March 6, 1919
Co K. 16th Infantry

 Dearest Sister

 I will try to write you A few lines hope that this will find you All O.K. and enjoying life fine.  I only arrived here yesterday after be in Elbinger one month on out post duty.  Gee but we did have a time up there.  Oh Say Sister I bet Buthole was glad to get back home.  I will not get back until after July.  Eny way, if we get back by that Time.  But I hope to be home by Xmas eny way. Gee but we will have some time when I get back home. Tell Virginia I will write to her in a few days.  Gee But it does seam So long since I see you.  I suppose you are quite a large girl by now.  I am going to have some pictures made in a few days and I will send you Girls one if they are eny good. Tell the boys I said helo and that I would love to see them.  I would love to have a Picture of you Girls So I can tell how mutch you have grown since I left home.  The next letter you write to Bijah tell I want him to write to me.  I know he has as much time to write to me as I have got to write to him.  Was so glad you Girls are going to School.  Hope you like your Teacher fine.  Tell Papa and Mama I Said hello and that I would Love to see them.  Well as I do not know of Eny more to write I will Close hoping this finds all well every one Enjoying life fine.

 With Love to all

Your Loving Bro.

 Ans Soon.  By By

 

Corp A. C. Taylor
Co. K. 16th Inf.
A.P.P. #7291 1st Division
Amer. Forces Germany

 

It isn’t clear who Buthole is (my guess would be Eddie).  Papa and Mama were Scott and Alice Taylor. 

 

Corp. A. C. Taylor
Co. K. 16th Infantry
Camp MeadeMd
                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173 West Va.

 

 

Camp MeadMd

Sept 26th  1919

 Miss Lizzie Taylor

 Dearest Sister

 I Will Try to write you a few Lines to let you know I am Still at Camp MeadMd.  But will leave here the first for CampTaylor. So Address My Mail to this.  Hope you are having a good time. As for my self I am Having a very good time but I am sure we all could have a mutch better time if we were to geather.  I do not know yet just when I will be able to get a furlow but I Think as Soon as I get to Camp Taylor, Ky.  Oh Say wont we have some time when I get home.  Ha. Ha.  Tell Virginia I was very sorry I could not get another pillow cusion but will get one as soon as I can find another one.  I did not forget her.  I just could not get two of these when I got yours.  Hope all is well and having a good time.  Hope to be home before very long for I have got so many things to tell you all. Say Lizzie what kind of a Teacher have you got this year.  A Good one I hope.  Well as I do not know of eny more to write will close. Tell Virginia I will write her in a few days.  So Good By With Love to all.

 

Your Living Bro

Bid

 Corp A.C. Taylor

Co. K 16th Inf.
CampTaylorKy.

 

Corp. A. C. Taylor
Co. K. 16th Infantry
Camp MeadeMd.
                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173 West Virginia

 

Camp Meade, Maryland

Sept 26, 1919

 Miss Lizzie Taylor

 I will try to write you a few lines to let you know I am all O.K. and hope you are the same.  I recd your letter this morning was so glad to hear from you.  Say dear little Sister I do not know yet when I will get to come home but I hope it wont be very long for would give any thing to see you.  Tell Virginia I said helo and I would love to see her. I am trying to learn to use a type wrter and I am making a lot of mistakes so please pardon all mistakes as I will try to do better next time.  Gee but this is sure a slow job but if, I keep up I will get done about dark if nothing happens. Say did you get those pillow cusions I sent you from campmerritt.  Hope you got them all wright  I have not heard from Inez since my arrival in U S A  Why I do not know for I have wrote her quite a few letters and I don’t see why she does not write.  Mabey she has got another fellow that she likes better than she does me.  Hope he is a good looking fellow.  I should werry a lot and build a house  ha ha  I sent that the way to look at it  Tell the boys I said helo and I hope to be with them soon if nothing happens for as soon as we get to Camp Taylor KY I am coming home.   Oh say the weather is just fine here now  Say tell the boys to write to me for I get so lonely at times.  Gee just look at this  I am almost a shame to send it  Gee if  the capt. would come in I sure would get the Divle for using the typewriter so I have got to keep a look out for him so he not cautch me.  Say LIZZIE is FRED MOLLITT still at monitor # 1 yet  I have not heard from him for a long time hope to see all of my old pals when I get back home but I rather doubt if I will know eny of them or not as I have been gone so long.  I sure have got some job now.  I am Acting Mess Sgt for K Co and believe me it sure is some job for it nearly runs me crazy.  Iit has cost the company $6.16.25 since the 18th of this month so you can tell about what job it is to feed A company of 200 men  I told the Captain this morning I did not wont the job at all but he seams to think that I aught keep it for a while any way until we get to camp taylor.  Well as I do not know of any more to write I will close for this time hopeing to hear from you soon with love to all  good by for this time ans soon by by

 From Your Loveing BROTHER  BID

ADDRESS  TO

CORP. ALONZO C TAYLOR
COMPANY K 16TH INFANTRY
CAMP TAYLORKENTUCKY

Fred Molitt must be a local friend at Monitor # 1.

 

CORP. ALONZO C TAYLOR
COMPANY K 16TH INFANTRY
CAMP TAYLORKENTUCKY

 

                                                Miss Lizzie Taylor
                                                Wilkinson
                                                Box 173
                                                West Va.

 

 

Oct 6th 1919

CampTaylorLouisvilleKy

 Miss Lizzie Taylor

 My Dearest little Sister

 I will try To ans your most highly appreciated letter I Recd this morning. Was so Glad to hear from you and to hear that you Girls was in School.  This leaves me All O.K.  and enjoying life fine and hope that this will find all well and \enjoying the joys of life  Oh say dear I am afraid that I will not be able to get a furlow now till Nov. 1st as there is already more men on furlow than should be in acordeince with the number of men in the co  I will have to wait until some of them come back before I can get one. There is three men already ahead of me for a furlow  Gee but that sure is tuff luck  But cheer up little Sister  Bro I get out of the Army some of these days before very long it will Be finish   So bet for me and this Bro can be home all the time with his dear little Sisters  Oh wont that be great to be home all the time.  Hope to get to come home before your School is out and I would like to see your teacher  Hope she is Good Looking for I love to see pretty Girls  ha ha  Please do not tell her what I said about her or She might get Very Mad.  You Girls must Be Good little Girls and write to Brother as often as you can for your Brother get very Lonesome. Some times all the Girls here in Louisville try to show us a Good time  I was down to Church yesterday afternoon  Then I went to a Dance in The Evening  Sure did have a good time   Well as I have got to write to Virginia. I will close.  Hoping to hear from you soon  With Love to All

 Your Loving Bro

Bid

Corp A.C. Taylor
Co. K 16th Inf.
CampTaylorKentucky

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