Oct 27, 1941
Dear Ann + All
I got your letter today – also oh! “no” I got yours Sat, but I wasn’t here, I also got a card from Cliff, a card from Helen and a card from Sylvia that was the first mail I got from home I was so glad to get it. Today I got a letter from Ben and Raymond Meyers.
I went over to Sylvia for over Sun. I got there Sat nite 15 minutes to six. They was all so glad to see me and I was also glad to get away from here. I rode down with some fellows that live in Sa. the fellow that owns the car charge us $5 up and back the bus fare would have been $7.25. We left back for camp 10 o’clock from Whittier 11 from down town La, we got back to camp at 4 in the morning and we have to getup at five every morning except for Sun then we have to get up at 7.
Oh! yes the mail I got Sat the fellow that sleeps next to me – 240 miles from here to Whittier “about” got it for me and gave it to me the first thing this morning.
I am ready for Retreat we have to stand Retreat every nite at 5:30 we have to dress up in our O.D. that is what they call these army clothes we have to wear. We have to have a necktie and our cap on.
I am glad that mother is better. I keep thinking about her so much. Well I guess I will have to read your letter again so I can answer some of those questions you asked.
ha! ha! STOP. READ START Inf for Infantry – Tng for training – Bn for Battalion “That; That;”
Yes I was vaccinated and had those other shots I guess we are all threw with shots Boy! am I glad of it. I guess they were Typhoid shots. I’ve had the last one last Wed, and Thur I was sorta sick from it I had a fever and O my arm was so lame I could hardly raise it. but its as good as new now.
We have to train -train about 8 hr a day but we have to get up so early and clean the Barracks that is the name of the building we live in. first we have to sweep then we have to mop the floor every morning right after breakfast, make our own bed we have to to do a very good job on our beds but it isn’t hard after you no how.
The lights go out at 9 nine but we really don’t have to be in bed til 10:00 that is when they take bed check to see if every body is in. but unless you go some place you might as well go to bed because you don’t dare talk after the light go out, it makes it kinda bad some times one would like to write yet but there is no lite.
I don’t know if we could get every Sun off or not. Our first Sun here we had to stay in. We could go to some little town near but we had to sleep here. this last Sun they give us a a week end pass if we asked for it.
No we don’t have mailbox. one of the corp gets the mail then he stands in front of the Barracks and call off our name. There are 54 men in one Barracks, everybody is so glad when they get some mail.
I had a good time over to Sylvia’s Sun I drove both of John car’s the new Buick is nice, in the PM I took them to the Cemetary then we took Lucille to longs she wanted to get some pictures to show me
“Gosh Yes!” I would have liked to have been there to go hunting, seems like every body got so much. I don’t suppose I will get a taste of a phesent this year.
Yes! we have good eats here to day we had chicken for dinner I don’t know why they had chick on Monday We had chicken a week ago Sun.
Boy! they sure rush us around today seem like because every body was tired.
Do you ever see Leslie Lowe think I will write a card to Frank’s Straka yet to nite. Tell mother I will write in a few days FELIX.
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