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