• From An Army Girl

    From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to All on Wednesday, July 08, 2020 16:41:04
    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 Finch 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 6am.
    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, 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
    a lot, but 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 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 ol' 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.

    You loving daughter, Alice
    --- SBBSecho 3.11-Win32
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