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Kelly Field No. 6

May 10, 1918

Dearest Mother,

Not that in the true sense of all that’s right should I have any more reason for taking this time to write you a letter — for every mother’s son owes his mother a letter every time he can get the chance to write her — but as it is soon the day on which the world at large pays tribute to the ones who are the most dear of all to them, I will write you a letter tonight hoping that it shall reach you on that day, and that you will know that your son too is thinking of you with all the reverence that one could hold for a mother.

And I wish to assure you that on that day on my coat will be pinned a flower, the one that has been dedicated by all true sons to their living mothers as “Mothers Flowers.” And do not think I alone will be the one to wear it, for I have near me 15,000 comrades all here for the same day to be enjoying the same pleasant thoughts of one supreme mother.

And I know that every mother’s son will cherish the thought of the day they were brought into this world, and also the knowledge of right that has been installed into them that they are able to be here today, fighting for a cause that will make this a purer and better world for their mothers to live in, and trying to conduct themselves so that their mothers may never feel regret of having brought into this world a son, but that they may take pride in the part they have given to make this a better world to live in.

And I cannot help but think of all the troubles and cares the mothers of this nation today have borne to make this old world what it is. It is the mothers’ care and training that has produced the brains and men to run this nation, and let’s pay tribute not to one alone, but to every one of them, living and dead.

Now I know you feel concerned over me here, but I am receiving the best of treatment, food and everything obtainable and really could not ask for better. I am in the best of health and enjoying life, all possible under the circumstances. So lay aside all worries and cares and enjoy yourself to the fullest. I only wish I could be there to help cheer you and bring more of the joys of life to you.

Hoping this finds you well and in the best of health, and that beside being able to spend many many more anniversaries of this date, I may spend them with you.

As ever, your son,


About the Author

Hugh Milton Price was born Feb. 27, 1895, a son of Morgan M. and Sallie B. O'Bannon Price.

He served in the aviation section of the Army at Kelly Field in Texas during World War I. In 1923, he was married to Ruth Swift.

He attended Sedalia Business College. He was a member and treasurer of La Monte Christian Church.

He was a Mason and was past president of American Legion Post 16 in Sedalia. He was the postmaster for La Monte from 1932 until his death on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941.

He has two daughters, Ruth Elaine Russell, of La Monte, and Helen Bernice Smiley, of Knob Noster; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren surviving.

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