Desert Training Center, CA
July 29, 1943
Thurs. 7:00 PM
Hello Sweetheart!!! How ya was today? What a rugged day I had. We hiked about 6 miles with pack last nite & slept out. Got up at 5:20 ate chow & at 7:30 started out again. We had to climb a 1500 ft. mountain. It was steep & very rocky. I sure am lucky, tho. I ran into 2 rattlesnakes. It aged me 5 yrs. Later after we reached the top – it took us 1-1/2 hrs. to get to the top – we went hunting snakes & killed 3 with a 45. A Sargent got the rattlers off them. I don’t want any part of them. –
We stayed on top of the mt. till 20:30 & started down. We got down in about time for chow. We had to cook our own meal. Our platoon was lucky – we’ve got 2 ex-cooks in it & they did our cooking too.
It was sultry all day & as usual very hot!
Tired as hell when we got in camp. You can tell when we’re tired – no one has much to say.
We’ve just finished marking our equipment again – we’re having another inspection Sat. If it isn’t right this time the whole co. officers & all are going to be in hock a couple months.
Well, honey I think I’ll get some sleep – so goodnite now. Write soon – I miss you an awful lot honey. XXX XOX
All my love,