Desert Training Center, California
July 28, 1943
Wed. 1:30 P.M.
Darling Mark –
Got your 10 page air-mail today – counting the jokes. I’ve heard some & some I hadn’t.
As you see I found that lapel pin. Every day now we’ve been having inspections & they’ve been gigging us everytime – so this noon we had to take everything out of our barracks bags & mark everything. Well, I found the thing in one bag.
Honey this letter will have to be short. I’m going to fall out in 15 minutes, & tonite we go on a night patrol problem & I won’t get to.
It’s been 150° for about a week here now. Even the nights are hot.
This morning we had 2 hrs. on Judo fighting. 2 hrs on the use of sulfa drugs & morphine.
This afternoon we’re going on another dismounted problem in the desert.
5:00. I didn’t have time to finish this at noon. We were out all afternoon practicing laying mines & detecting them.
We’re going out this evening again on a nite problem. We weren’t fighting over a girl – where could anyone find a dame out here? I grant you, it would be a fight if there ever was one.
We can’t wear shorts out here – the sun would blister you in an hour. Well honey – I’d better get ready for tonite. I’ll write more tomorrow. Bye now. Love Johnny
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