Dear Folks - We got our clothes today and have spent all afternoon stenciling our names on them. We got white trousers and two blue ones and the same number of blouses, four pair of socks and six suits of underwear, two pair of shoes, two white hats, one blue one and a Jersey cap, a Jersey sweater, a mackinaw, shoe brushes, hair brush, comb, clothes brush and leggings. We got our bedding the first day. We have a canvas hammock, two mattress covers and a mattress and a double wool blanket.
Yesterday we got vaccinated and shot in the arm for typhoid fever. I couldn't hardly tell they were doing it. Our arms got sore pretty soon, but they don't hurt so bad that we could not use them. Today they are mostly all right again. They must have "shot" four or five hundred yesterday. Hardly any new recruits have been coming in lately til a bunch of 68 came in today from Boston.
We have very good meals. We had vegetable salad, fried potatoes, ice tea, liver and tapioca for supper and for dinner, tomatoes, spaghetti, boiled potatoes, coffee, roast beef; so you can see we have pretty good grub.
I guess I will begin washing my white clothes pretty soon. They sure don't stay clean very long around here. We run around with our over shirts off, and some of the follows have the prettiest sunburns I ever saw. We have school, boxing and baseball games at night, and I don't see anybody homesick yet. All the company is from the western states. On Sundays, church is held in the mess hall.
(From "In the World War")
State Historic Site
EVERETT EDWIN SHORES, born in Missouri in 1896, lived in Sheridan as early as 1910, when the U. S. Census found him on West Whitney Street with his parents and siblings. By 1917, he was working at the U S Shipyards in Portland, Oregon, but still called Sheridan home.
Shores enlisted in the U. S. Navy in August 1918; he reached the rank of Carpenters Mate First Class in the Navy Air Service. After the war, he reenlisted, serving for another three years in the Naval Reserve before returning to Sheridan, where he was employed as an architect. He and his family lived on South Thurmond until 1945, when they moved to Cheyenne.
Shores' undated letter home was published in The Sheridan Daily Enterprise on August 30, 1918. Written from training camp in South Carolina, it gave a good overview of the early days of Navy life to those boys back home who might have been thinking about joining up.