April 26, 1943
Mon. nite 8:10
I'm ans. the letter you wrote on Sat. April 17.
Mother, you started out your letter by telling me you were sorry for not writing sooner. You don't
have to tell me you're sorry mother, because I understand how you felt with Joe leaving. Did you
hear where he's at yet mom. I hope he had better luck than I had.
I'm glad that you liked my picture mom. Are you sure they didn't scare you when you looked at
them, mom. Ha Ha. I know I was scared when I looked at them.
Did Tony and Phil have a good time at home mother. I hope they did because if they're in a camp
like I'm in, I'm sure they can't have any fun.
Co. K. is restricted for 2 wks. because of one of the guys in another barracks getting spinal
meningitis, it's some kind of a buck disease that works on the spinal column and nerves in the
Fri, was the first day that I got guard duty and they couldn't have given it to me on a better
day, because on Fri. Co. K. went on a 20 mi. hike and all I did Fri was stand guard over some
prisoners for 4 hrs. The whole day I guarded 2 hrs. off 4 guarded 2 more hrs. and off for the rest
of the day. I was through guard at 4:30 Fri afternoon. I started in the morn. at 6:30.
The co. started on their hike 6:30 in the morn. and got back at 11:00 at night, so you see mom,
I was really lucky to have guard that day.
You said in your letter that you didn't send cards to anyone. Well mother I would have sent cards
out but I couldn't buy any so I didn't send any out either.
I received another letter from cousin Jeannie in Cleveland. Boy, she's really a crack pot, no
fooling. When I ans. her letter I asked her if she knew of any one who would like to be my house
maid. I told her I have to do my own sewing and everything. So she wrote back and tells me
that she would like to have the job. She wrote me out an application and everything telling me
how tall and heavy she is and the color of her eyes and hair and everything. Some of the things
she put in her letter really made me laugh. Some of the things she writes are a little silly but I
still like to read and receive letters from her.
Well mother, I guess I'll close now with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids.
And mother, please don't worry about me because I'm O.K. and still taking everything that the army
can dish out and maybe more.
My leg hasn't bothered me at all yet, in fact it don't get tired as fast as my other leg while
marching on a hike.
Well, good night mother and god bless you and take care of yourself mother dear. This war is
going to be over before you know it.
Your loving son