You were only a kid, little sister,
When I started over the sea,
But you’ve grown quite a lot since I came here
And you’ve written a letter to me.
And nobody knows that you wrote it –
It’s a secret – and we’ll keep it well,
Your brother and you and the ocean,
And nobody is going to tell.
You were only a tot when I left you.
I think of you often, kid sister.
Pickens Stansell Moore
Written from France in 1918, when he was 20, to his sister Lydia Ann, age 15, at home in Washington, D.C. "Stan" was then a private in the American Expenditionary Force. Family legend would have it that he enlisted when he was only 16 years old. Private Moore served in the same regiment as his father, Charles W. Moore, who was Senior Color Sergeant. Sergeant Moore, at 62, was said to be the oldest U.S. non-commisioned officer serving in France.