March 4, 1943
Thur. 9:05 P.M.
I was very glad to hear from you and to know that everyone at home is well. Mom, I received your
letter and those coat hangars yesterday (Wed.) and the hangars sure do come in handy. It's too bad
about Dave Louis dying, he seemed pretty healthy the night that we stopped in after the movie just
before I left, but that's the way things go, here today gone tomorrow.
Mother, I signed up for cooking but no luck, there are too many experienced cooks that came in
with me, although I may have a chance later.
Mother, today was my fourth day of basic training and I'm still in one piece, but at the end of
each day so far I've been dead tired, and today we went on a three and a half mile hike with full
field equipment, and, it actually seemed like a 10 mile hike, and after we came back, we still had
to drill and march, about 4 oclock we were through.
Mother, I still haven't heard from Tony, but every day I receive one from Rosie.
Well, Mother, I guess this is all for now, so I'll close with love to you mother dear, daddy and
Until I hear from you I remain "your loving Son."
Mother, my cigarettes are holding out pretty good, and there isn't a thing that I need from home,
I just finished that dried sausage Mon. - that you gave me when I left, and it was real good.
So mother, don't worry about me or worry about sending me anything, because there isn't a thing I
need, even Rosie wanted to send me a package and I told her not to, so mother dear, please don't
worry about me because I'm O.K. and in the best of health and very well fed.