May 16, 1943
Sun. 4:30 P.M.
I received the letter you wrote on May 13 - and was very glad to hear from you.
So your suit looks really swell, well I'm glad it does mother, because a swell mother deserves
to wear a swell suit and mom, you're the nicest mother in the whole world, and as long as I can
get money, you'll get the best clothes.
Boy it must be some suit for daddy to pass you up in. By the way mom how is daddy. Does his
legs still hurt him or is he sick or anything, mother.
Mother, about my furlough well we only have 2 more wks of basic and after basic they'll start
giving out furloughs. It might be a month before I get my furlough yet.
I'll try and save some money out of my next pay for the furlough money, and about gambling,
well I don't do very much. I might get in a card game or craps game once in a while but not too
Phil told me about the hike he went on, but mom, I think we have it just as tough here as he has
We went on one bivouac this wk. Mon and Tues was when we were out. One guy got bit by a snake,
but the doctors fixed him up right away. It was a rattle snake, but I don't have to worry about
snakes because I heard they don't like dark meat, and I'm very tanned from the sun out here so
snakes won't bother me and I know darn well I'll never bother them.
I see russ once in a while at the P.X. or U.S.O but I haven't seen Gene since I've been here.
I don't even know where he is.
The way I wrote Rosie a 21 page letter was that I didn't write to her for a wk. and every day of
that wk. I got a letter from her and sometimes two letters. So I sat down and ans. every letter
she wrote me in just one letter. So you see mom, that's why it was so long.
Well mother starting tomorrow, we're going to start to review everything we've learned, for the
first big test at the end of our basic. Our Cpt. wants us to come in first again and he is really
working us hard, but he's a good Cpt. so we don't mind working hard and trying to bring the co. in
Well mother, not much to say, s I'll close here with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and
Your loving son