This is Sun afternoon its a beautiful day out.

Dear Ann;

This is Sun afternoon its a beautiful day out. Yesterday afternoon it snowed so hard but now its all gone.

I was on guard last night and today I don’t get off till five o’clock although I am throu walking.

I got your letter Fri. So Rich took his final exam, more than likely he will have to go before long. But I suppose if he dose he will land with quarter master, or some outfit that will stay here. From what I here they are pretty well filled up with men for the being over across.

How is this for news the latest thing we heard we might be transferred to some other camp in the states and stay and train some more. For as I am concerned thats good news. I hope its true.

I am going to the port show to night “Forever and a day” is playing.

Last week end I went to Trenton New Jersey thats the closer town to camp its a pretty nice town but not much going on, so we had a few drinks went to a show and came back to camp.

The other day I got a nice letter from Elaine Monase. I was surprised to here from her, I will have to answer some of these days.

My back was bothering me quite a bit but now it seems to be nearly ok again. But darn if I got rid of my cold, it was just about gone and now I’ve got it back again although its better.

There isn’t much more to write about. So I guess I will letter a wrist watch treatment and wind it up.

Good bye


send me a book of three cent stamps “will you.”

lots of fun with that plunger gadget

March 8, 1943

Dear Ben and All;

How is your arm by now? I hope it its ok. My back isn’t so hot yet either. It got sorta stiff when I sit around and then it pains when I get up, if it don’t get better in a day or so I am going to see a Doctor.

How is the weather in Michigan these days? Won’t be long before you will start plowing. Its been quite cold here the last few days.

I got a card from Sylvia today so I guess I better get busy and write to her. Seems like I can’t get in the writing mood any more.

My papers are still coming but not very regular. Sat I got the 26th and 27th and today I got the Feb 1st and 2nd.

Is Art still busy with his chores?  Or did Mrs. Wallace sell out. She probably won’t stay there long. I feel sorry for her she is so helpless cripple as she is.

How is Mrs. Lowe? Is she any better or haven’t you heard.
Well, I think I will take a shower and go to bed that’s about all there is to do around here.

Boy! Oh Boy! We certainly had lots of fun with that plunger gadget I brought back with me. It took some of the fellows hours to catch on we won’t tell them either.

This will be all for to-night.

From Felix.

Usually there are plenty of girls there

March 1, 1942

Dear Ann,
This is Monday night. I go on guard at 1:00 to night so I will write you a few lines before I lie down for a little shut eye.

Did “Rich” hear weather he have to go? If he dose I wonder what he will get into and where he will be station.

I am nearly over my cold last week it gave me plenty trouble. I think the weather had something to do with getting rid of it. To-day it was nice and warm the sun was out all day “an ideal day”.

How is “Ben’s” arm? I hope he doesn’t have too much trouble with it.

Sat night I went to the pict show, saw adventures of Mrs. Holidays. pretty darn good show.

Tomorrow night I thing I will go to the U.S.O. dance . There is a dance every Tue night.  Usually there are plenty of girls there, “pretty nice ones too” I have been going nearly every Tue except when I am on duty.

Wish I had a shot of Rich’s wine. feel as if I could use one.

What did you do yesterday “Sun?”

I did my washing in the morning and read a book in the afternoon. That’s about all there is to do.

Well its time I got a little sleep. So until next time.
good bye

got back ok

We have two radios in our Barracks.

February 13, 1943

Dear Ann –

Your letter was here waiting for me when I got back from my pass.

I sent to Phila on my three day pass had a swell time wish I could have stayed longer. They gould just as well have let me stay till Mon morning. The only thing we did this morning was a full field inspection and now we have from Sat noon to Mon off.

I will do my washing this afternoon or tomorrow morning I have been doing my own since we have been here. We have a wash board so it don’t go so bad. About all I have is socks under wear,  hankies and cover – alls.

Gosh I’ll bet those pork chops were good that Ben left there.

We had spare ribs for dinner today. They weren’t so good “kind tough.”

It is raining out to day first it started to snow! Then turned to rain.

We have two radios in our Barracks. They are going all the time. I will listen to the hit parade tonight.

What do you do Sat nights? I suppose to night you will go to Ida and catch a small one.

I hope you have a nice Birthday. Have a drink for me.

I hope next year I can help you celebrate your birthday. I am getting plenty sick of this army.



We had our first snow storm last Wed.

Dear Ben + All;

Sun after noon, a good time to write you a few lines.

How is every thing at home? Do you still have snow on the ground?

We had our first snow storm last Wed. It snowed about 5 in looks pretty nice, its been quite a while since the last snow I saw.

Everything is fine with me had a little cold a while back but now its about gone.

We are getting three day passes again this month. I don’t know when I will take mine. Maybe I will try and go about Wed. I think I will go to Phila. This time, its only about 30 miles from here.

In one letter Ann wrote she and Rich would like to come to N.Y.  Too bad they can’t come when I have the three days off. There sure is plenty to see around here. I wish we would stay until spring. I imagine its pretty nice around here when things start getting green.

I got a box from Ann yesterday. Pop corn and candy. She said some thing about that she send me one around Xmas. If she did I never got it.

It takes the mail a long time to get here. First going to Texas then here, then I suppose its lays around couple of days in Texas before they send it.

There are few more things I could tell you, but I am little afraid. Just in case they should get one of our letters that we take to town to mail.

Until next time good bye. Write me to Camp Hood. Leave off the “Group 2 and UTC 803 T.D. Camp Hood.”

I never saw so many people.

Postmarked Trenton N.J.
Jan 12, 1943
Dear Ann,
I got your letter yesterday was glad to get it.

Did you see Ben since I wrote him that letter? If you have I suppose you know where, and a little of what goes on.

When I was in New York I went to “Rosendale” and saw Uncle Ben. Got there Fri 6:00 P.M. stayed all night left backy for N.Y. 7:30 in the morning.
He sure was glad to see me. He is getting pretty old but sure has a good memory. Boy, N.y. sure is a big place. We went up on the Empire State Building 102 stories up, Boy what a site.

The wind is blowing just awful hard today.

I am Corp. of the guard to day so I don’t have to be out much.

All of our letters are censor. so there isn’t much use writing. a fellow could not write anything  and anyhow who wants the Sgt. know all you write.  If they were censor any where else but right in camp it won’t be so bad.

There are some fellows going to town to night so I will have them mail this letter.  Quite a number of fellows are doing the same. When you write “write” to my address in Texas.

Sun when I got back from my pass, the Box from Ben and Helen was here. The boys said they wanted to open it so bad. It didn’t last too long once I opened it. Is sure come at the right time. Also my paper started to come so it isn’t so bad.

I supposed you know by now that I passed within a few miles from home on the way here. Upper Sandusky was the closes got to Toledo. for a while when we was in Chicago I thought for sure was going to go through Toledo. It won’t have done much good because we could not write, telephone or anything. We only got off the train twice and did exersize “ba!”

I had a swell time in N.Y. New Year Eve. I never saw so many people. So So and so much noise, made by noise makers.

The train system is real good. we can get to N.Y. in about 1:30 or so.

If we stay here any length of time I will try and let you kn and you could take that trip out here. It only takes 11 or 12 hours to get here on the fast train and about 16 or 18 on the slow one.

After we are here a while longer maybe they would give me another pass of 2 or three day. I’ll try and write soon as I see fit. so until next time.
good bye Felix.

Jan 7, 1943 – New York City

Hotel Dixie
43rd Street WEST OF TIMES SQUARE, New York City

Jan 7, 1943

Dear Ben and All:

I suppose you are wondering about me, well I am here thinking about your Birthday. “its today,”

First of all I want to tel you “Be” damn sure not to write to me here. We are at New Jersey. And if you tell any one be sure and tell them not to write here . If you want to write write to my old address in Texas. I will get it. I am in New York on a three day pass, just got here, four of us are staying at this hotel.

If I can  fine Uncle Ben I will go there Tomorrow.

Boy! O Boy I spend New Year Eve in New York “Time Square.” I’ll never forget it. Til you more when I see you. Now you know where I am so keep it under your hat or it will be too bad for me. You can write to Texas, but I won’t be writing much very often, can’t say any thing any how. Felix.

P.S. I was on the train Christmas day got your leter, but not the Box. We went throu upper Sandusky Ohio about 20 miles from Toledo. Was in Upper Sandusky 3:30 Sat night day after xmas I felt like getting off and spending Sat night home. ha. Boy O Boy “Phil,” and New York are big.


the Barracks looks like a hog pen.

Dec 21, 1942

Dear Ben and All

Monday noon, just had dinner wasn’t a bad meal for a change
We are still packing don’t have too much more mostly all that is left is in the supply room.

Well we are heading for the big hop, about all we can find out now is we are going to New Jersey for a few days then to Brooklyn New York and then I guess its the Boat ride

We are suppose to pull out Wed morning of course that could be changed. they really haven’t set no date yet.

Boy its been raining like hell all morning sure is muddy. the Barracks looks like a hog pen.

Looks like all the xmases I spend in the army are going to be bad ones. Looks like we will be on the train that is if we leave Wed.

How is the weather back home now, is it still cold?

We got a few new men from South Carolina. They come Sat. There mouth sure dropped open when they heard we were going across. They have only been in the service 15 weeks.

Well this is all for this time will write as soon as I can.

To night we are washing all of our clothes

Dec 18, 1942

Dear Ann,

I’ll write you a little note for I don’t have any too much time.

Well Ann our time has finally come. We have been packing for two days now. We are going bye bye and this time they say there will be a Boat ride.

Will be leaving here in a few days and as far as we know are going to Brooklyn, New York and from there on your guess is as good as ours.

It was a good thing I took my furlough when I did, there were around 40 fellows that didn’t get theres, one group was all set to leave and they called them off. They sure were blue about it.

I got my picture it wasn’t too bad, I can’t hardly take it along, so I am sending to Ruth Russell.

Boy this sure is a mess we are getting all the clothes we were short, turned in most of our trucks I guess we will get different ones in N.Y.

To night we are washing all of our clothes, what a heck of a job that is.

Well this will be all for tonight, I’ll try and write as soon as I can

good bye