May 26, 1918 Fort Flagler
How you been. It has been a long time since I wrote you a letter because Emma does all the writing so I thought I would write you a few lines this fine Sunday morning. I am at home. I come home yesterday, that is at Port Townsend. It is not home but I call it home. I am sure glad that Emma is out here. I come home two and three times a week . I came over yesterday about 2 o'clock p.m. I stay till in the morning. Then I come over some times through the week and stay overnight. That makes it pretty good by gosh. Tried your [sic] a terrior for girls. That pat. er. as. son. amt. a darn bit better than the PLF. Hell what is there in a name anyway. Ha! Ha! I come darn near get them shook off of me to [too] and it wasn't a Ford or a Paterson. It was when I shot those big 30 ton guns. It blew the cotton out of both of my ears the first shot. You know about how a dog would shake a rat, well that is about the way the gun shook me.
Well I am second class gunner now. The next maybe will be first class. Then of course I will find out. E. Schmidt never drilled on the big guns atall ]sic]. He just got infantry drill. I am getting both.
Well I'll ring off for this time. Take care of the girls and be good and write when you can. God Bless you all. Best regards to all from Pvt. Hocamp
1st Co. CAC.
Fort Flagler Wash.
Transcribed by Cheryl Siebrass. Contributed July, 2017