Dec 30. 1943
I'm terribly sorry that I couldn't write a letter any sooner.
Mother, my trip over on the boat was pretty long but not a bad one. I was a little sea sick
the first two days but after that the trip was O.K.
We didn't do anything on the boat except eat and sleep. We had a P.X. on the boat, so we had
plenty of candy cookies and cigarettes.
Towards the end of the trip we were given a carton of cigarettes, a bag with razor blades, two
bars of candy, a deck of cards and stationery.
I've had one detail since I've been here and that was guard duty on Christmas eve and half a day
Mother, if you could find out from Joe where he's at maybe Russell Gallagher and I could both see him.
The last time I seen Gallagher was back in Fort Sam, but I guess he's here by now even if I did
leave before him.
Mother, these arabs around here are really something to see. They're just the way you see them
in the movies with their sheets and turban around their heads, and the ladies all keep a veil over
Mother, the last time I heard from you was the last day I was in Fort Sam. I know that you've
written mother so I'll probably get all the letters at one time. There's supposed to be a lot of
mail in tomorrow so I'll probably get some then. As yet no one has received any since we left the
Port of Embarkation. I'm hoping and praying that there is nothing wrong and that you are all O.K.
Well mother, I'm terribly sorry that I can't write any more now but I'll write as soon and as
often as I can. Mother, you're the first one I've written to since I've left the states and every
little chance I get to write it will be to you and then if I have time after I write to you, to
write to anyone else then I'll do it, but I doubt whether I'll be getting much time to write to
anyone else except you for at least a few weeks.
Well mother, I'll close now with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids. God bless
you all and keep you safe.
Your loving Son,
Mother dear, please don't worry about me because I'll be O.K. and safe. Also tell daddy I'm O.K.
and tell everyone I said hello.