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Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 18, 1943

Author’s Note: This letter – envelope and all – was torn in half.  I wonder what was the reason for that?

Oct. 18, 1943
Mon. Morn.

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! !

I’ve got a little time this morning, so I thought I’d better write a little. We’re still here at Barkeley – we were supposed to leave last Sat. but our vehicles aren’t loaded yet. We’ve been loading tanks & half-tracks since Friday. We’ve got two trains today & one tomorrow & then we’re thru. We expect to leave here Wed. We’re supposed to get in Polk about Sat.

         It’s windy & cold here in the morning & hot in the afternoon.

         We’ve been busy as hell ever since we hit here. We usually get up at 5:30 & work till 7:00 P.M. Sometimes we get up at 4:00.

         I’ll be glad to get back to regular co. duty.

         They brought in 500 German prisoners here Sat.

         Abilene is the nearest City around here – no beer – whisky $6 pt. Johnny isn’t drinking anymore. Went to a show last nite & saw Girl Crazy – good!

         Well honey I have to fall out in a few minutes so I’d better close.

         I can hardly wait till I get my furlough! Mercy – will I be glad to get in K.C. I’ve got a lot of loving stored up!  Bye now.

Write Soon.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 11, 1943

Oct. 11, 1943

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! ! !

I received your letter yesterday. I was packing & that’s a whole days job itself. I’m leaving for Texas tomorrow. I probably won’t have a chance to write for a week or two so if you don’t get any letters from me, you’ll know why. We’re supposed to arrive at Barkley the 14th & leave the 16th.  I don’t reckon it’ll be a picnic. I seem to be getting a lot of letters these last few days – just because I haven’t much time to write.

         I don’t know what to write now – nothing is going on around here.

         We have another formal retreat tonite - how I hate it.

         Well honey, I’d better scratch off a couple more letters – this is the last time I’ll get to write before I leave.

         I expect to get a furlough after we hit Polk.

         Bye now & Write Soon.

         All My Love                 Johnny
         X               X               X               X
         X               X               X              

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 8, 1943

Oct. 8, 1943

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! ! !

         I got your letter this afternoon. I just came back from a ballgame at Needles. The 89th was playing the 16th F.A. They beat us 2-1.

         We’ve got formal retreat tonite, so I’m writing this now – by the time that’s over & we eat chow it’ll be too dark to write.

         We’re still eating “C” rations out here & very seldom it’s good. Half the time I don’t eat. Between that & the heat I’ve lost 20 lbs. already. You seem to be doing alright tho (heavy).

         I guess the Paratroops are out now since the Div. has been reorganized. I could have went – but I wouldn’t have got a furlough & I don’t want to go that bad. I’ll probably get a furlough sometime in Nov.

         About 40 of us are leaving here Mon. or Tues. & going to Camp Barkley, Texas to pick up some vehicles & drive them to Camp Polk, La.

         Well we’re getting ready to fall out so I’d better close now.  Notice my new address on the back. Bye now. Write Soon.
                 X       X       X
All My Love                 Johnny
                                  X               X               X

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 3, 1943

 Oct. 3, 1943
Sun. 4:00 P.M.

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! !

I got your letter this noon. I also got one from Lucy – imagine that! She sent me Hugs Love & Kisses too! I just got thru answering her letter.

         I was on K.P. yesterday. The easiest I’ve ever had. It came at the right time – the co. had an inspection & a retreat parade from 3-6.

         There isn’t much doing now – we have a lot of lectures & tomorrow we turn all our vehicles over to Bu. So we won’t have to worry about them anymore.

         This afternoon I had to  ??? my “undies”. A lot of trouble is it not? OR do you wear them? Now take it easy honey – I couldn’t resist it.

         I doubt if I get a chance to try for the paratroops after our new T.O. goes thru. What do you mean too much of anything isn’t good for me? I’ve never had too much of sleep.

         How are you coming along in your bowling? 200 yet? I doubt if I could roll one down the gutter.

         Say – Bob Hope must rate if you have to take a bath before him!

         You don’t have to worry about me going over the hill honey – I can take anything they can give – if not we have free medical care.

         I believe I have some experience with leg make-up honey. At least I know what it is.

         Well honey I’d better close for now – I have to shave & shower yet before chow.

         Frank Morgan was on the stage of our amphitheater last nite. Crazy as ever – I think he was a little tight at that.

Bye Now.   Write Soon.

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 1, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Oct. 1, 1943

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! !

I just got your letter about an hour ago & I’m not waiting a couple of days to answer. There isn’t much doing now. We’ve been getting the vehicles back in shape & that’s done. Most of the time there’s a lot of nonsense going on when no officers are around.

         We’re having another beer party tonite. A couple of officers are leaving our co. & they’re giving us a beer party. So we have to be sociable & drink – you know.

         I won’t get my furlough from here. It’ll be after we get to our next camp. So I figure it’ll be some time about the middle of Nov. I don’t know where we’re going – but there’s a lot of rumors going around – Camp Polk La, Fort Bragg, N. Carolina & Texas.  I don’t care, just so we get out of here.

         Where in the hell did you get the idea I wouldn’t see you on my furlough? Just try & keep me away.

         Well, honey it’s about time to fall out so I’ll close & get this in this afternoon’s meal male - mail. I’ll get it right yet maybe.

Bye now. Write Soon.

All My Love        Johnny     XOX
X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X       X

Saturday, October 8, 2011

September 29, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 29, 1943

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! !

I got your letter last night – but was too tired to answer. We’re back at camp now & maneuvers have been called off. We started back Sat. morning & got back last nite. We’re going to be out of here by Nov. 1 & from the looks of things we’re headed for Camp Polk, La. This place is hell, but that camp is worse. Our Div. is getting reorganized & a lot of the outfits are getting split up. I don’t think the 89th will be in the 9th after this. It’s hard telling where we’ll end up but I care less. I’m going to try the Paratroops anyway.

         Coming back our half-track had motor-trouble & we had to lay over 2 days & get a new motor. We were the last vehicle in.

         Honey I’m going to have to cut this short. I’ve got so much straightening out to do. When things get back to normal again – I’ll try & write a long letter.  Bye now.

         Write Soon.

All My Love                 Johnny

X       X       X

Monday, October 3, 2011

September 21, 1943

Desert Training Center, California
Sept. 21, 1943
Tues. 6:00 P.M.

Darling Mark,

         Hello Sweetheart ! !

I got your letter yesterday - but didn’t have time to answer. We were on the move all day. We’re now supposed to be on a 5 day rest period – but it’s more work than maneuvers. I hardly have time to do anything. I’m getting so fed up with this outfit. It’s run more like a Boy Scout troop than an Army. As soon as maneuvers are over – a couple of us are going to volunteer for the paratroops. We ought to see some action then.

         Honey – I just don’t know what to write about tonite. I’ve been disgusted all day. I’m afraid if I keep on writing I’ll end up mad as a hornet & take off over the hill.

         Honey there is the most beautiful sunrises & sunsets out here – but that space in between is terrible.

         I’d better close for tonite honey – it’s getting dark & we’re not allowed to use lights after dark or even smoke.

         I’ll be seeing you.

Bye now.
Write Soon Honey.
All My Love,

    X  X  X  X  X