Dear Ma and Pa,
I am well. Hope you are too. Tell
Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before
all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you get to stay
in bed till nearly 6 a.m. but I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell
Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some
things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, or
fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's
warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal,
eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried
eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always
sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours,
holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys
can't walk much.
We go on "route marches", which the platoon sergeant says are long
walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him
different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at
home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The sergeant is like a school teacher. He
nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and
colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.
I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye
is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you,
like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all
comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges.
They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat
training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real
careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that
ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this, except for that
Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake.
I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only
5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join
before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,