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Friday, September 9, 2011

September 18, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 18, 1943
Sat.  5:00 P.M.

Darling Mark

Hello Sweetheart ! ! !

I got your letter this afternoon. The one you wrote a week ago. We get our mail a couple of days late – when we do get it. We just finished another 3 day problem today. Starting Monday we get a 5 day break, & then after that its straight thru till Oct. 16th. It wouldn’t be so bad if we had a sure supply of water. Last week was the same – not enough water to really drink when thirsty. As long as we have enough water we have fun – but as soon as we don’t – BAM! ! our morale goes down.

         I wish we could be with your brother in Sicily – it would sure beat this.

         Honey – I really haven’t much time to write most of the time we’re going till way in the nite. A lot of times we don’t even have time to eat. Next week on our break I’ll have time & I’ll write every chance I get. I’m going to expect more letters from you too. Aren’t I?

         Honey – I’ll get a furlough after maneuvers – but it might be after we move east again – but I’ll get it.

         Well honey I’d better close now & mail this while I can.  I miss you an awful lot honey – you know I do.

Bye now.   Write Soon

X       X       X       X
All My Love                         Johnny              X O X
                                                   X O O X O

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 8, 1943, 2nd letter

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 8, 1943

Darling Mark

         Hello Sweetheart! ! !

I just got your letter half-hour ago. I’m going to try & answer now – but doubt if I have time. We’re moving out at 6:30. I have to open this radio in 15 min.

         I didn’t do a thing today – just sat around all morning & afternoon playing cards – nobody caught us either.

         And what makes you think I’m interested in the Follies??  Who’s kidding now.

         I wish I could have been there with you & Lu & Cec. I’m living just for the day to be together again.

         I’ve got the radio on now & will probably be interrupted every 2 minutes.

         Observation school was boring, we go out on a high mt. & set up a radio & then report back to our co. the activities of the enemy. We’re what’s called the “eyes” of the Army. I’m thru with that now – till further notice & go back to navigating.

         Honey I’m going to have to close – this radio is really getting busy & we’re moving out shortly. I’d better send this letter as is no telling when I’ll get to write again. Excuse the pencil & messy paper, it can’t be helped here. This pencil has no eraser either.

         Here we go.

         Bye now.            Write soon.
         All My Love        Johnny


Sunday, September 4, 2011

September 8, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 8, 1943

Darling Mark –

         Received your card late last nite. We had been driving all day till 8:00 P.M. & had chow at 9:00 P.M. Then mail-call & this little boy hit the hay – or I should say – rocks.

         Today we watched P-38’s bomb & strafe a mountain pass & then B-24’s followed with heavy bombs. Then tanks & artillery layed a barrage of fire for about an hour. It was a real sight.


 B-24 Liberator

         I’m now breaking all black-out regulations by using a flash-light to write by.

         I’m also cramped in a half-track to shield some of the light.

         The main trouble here is the dust & water. Too much dust & not enough water.

         I don’t know whether to take a chance on going to sleep or not – we’ll probably move out again tonite. We get very little sleep too, although if I was in K.C. I wouldn’t get much sleep.

         Well – honey I’m closing for tonite. Everyone else has bed down – I might as well.

Bye now
Write soon.
All My Love              X O X
Johnny              X O X

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 5, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 5, 1943
1:00  P.M.

Darling Mark,

I guess I’d better write today even tho I haven’t a letter from you in a week.

We’re leaving today at 3:00 P.M. for 40 day maneuvers & most likely I won’t have a lot of time to write. Gathering from the dope that was put we’re going to be pretty busy day & nite & have a pretty rough time. They’re going to be as close to the real thing as possible.

I missed not hearing from you honey. If you’re getting tired of writing – just say the word & I’ll try & understand.

I haven’t much time – I’ve got some last minute packing to do & shove off.

Hope to hear from you soon.      Bye now.
Love                   Johnny              X O X