May 9, 1943
Sun. nite, 8:15
I received the letter that you wrote on Wed. while out on bivouac Fri.
I'm glad you received the money I sent you safely. I guess you noticed I forgot to tear off the
receipt, but you know me I guess, "forgetful Jim" ha, ha.
So you bought yourself a suit huh mom. From the sound of your letter it must be pretty flashy.
I hope you're not kidding me mom, about coming halfway to meet me, because when I start home, I'll
bet I get the wrong train (maybe even the Wabash) ha ha, or else land in Canada instead of Pa.
Say mom did you really buy that flashy suit and hat. First thing I know, I'll get a letter from
you telling me that you were out jitterbugging, or something like that ha ha. Some joke. Well
mother, as long as you did what you wanted to do with it, then it's o.k. because mother, when I send
any money home, I want you to do anything you want with it, as long as you don't put it away for me.
Mother, I was out on an all nite hike Fri, it was just like the other one. We left Fri morn, and
got back sat morn at 4 oclock. I didn't mind this hike as much as I did the last one, even if it
Well mother, we only have 3 more wks. of basic training then they'll start giving out furloughs
(I hope). That's what I hear, anyway.
I guess the house is pretty empty mom, but at least you can go to bed early now, and not worry
about me coming in late. Here I go to bed at 10 oclock every nite. Can you picture me going to
bed at 10:00 ha ha, that's something I thought I'd never do, but here, I'm doing things every day
that I thought I'd never do, like learning to kill Japs and Germans (the rats) and walking 8 and 10
miles a day, (But this is the army Mr. Jones) or should I say James ha, ha. But as long as I'm happy
I guess the army life is o.k. And I don't mean slap happy either ha ha.
Well mother, I was down at the P.X. before I started this letter and had 4 bottles of beer. It
made me a little sleepy so I'll close the letter with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the
kids and go to bed as soon as I mail it.
Your loving son
I also received your card mother yesterday, it's really a nice card. Did you get the one I sent
you mom. Rosie sent it to me to send you, because you can't buy them here in camp.