Oct. 30, 1943
Sat. morn, 10:15
Just a few lines to let you know that I'm feeling fine and hope you are the same.
We were out on a 4 days bivouac and got back last night. We had it pretty easy two of the days
that we were out there, all we had were classes in the bivouac area, but the other two days we had
One of the problems was run at night and we walked about 10 mi. It was a night compass march.
It was pretty dark and you could hardly see where you were going. I fell once going up a rocky
hill, and landed right on a cactus plant. It took me about 3 hrs. to get all the little needles
out of my hands, but I finally got them all out.
We came back in trucks last night about 8:00 and cleaned up our equipment.
Today we had an inspection of our clothes and barracks.
I received a letter from you while I was out on bivouac but couldn't ans. it then, so mother I'll
ans. it now.
I'm glad that you liked the pillow top mother, I hope you use it.
Mother, you said that Rosie showed you a picture of me that made me look awful thin. I don't see
where anyone gets the idea that I'm thin. I weigh 143 lbs. I guess that you think I'm thin
because all the fat I had when I came in the army turned to muscles (ha ha).
Mother, I received a letter from Tony and also from Comare Josephine, my godmother. She wrote me
a letter thanking me for the folder of postal cards I sent her. She said she hasn't seen you for a
good while and is going to visit you one of these days.
Tony didn't say much except that he had to pack up and go out in the field when he came off
furlough and that his co. or div. is ready to go on desert maneuvers.
Speaking of shipping out, we're on the alert to ship out of this camp very shortly.
All furloughs have been cancelled and telegrams have been sent to those on furlough to report back
Well mother, there's nothing else to say so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear,
daddy, and the kids.
Your loving Son,