Nov. 7, 1944
Hi Frenchie :-
man, haven't heard from you for over a
month...haven't even heard from your Mom for several
Sad situation, but then maybe the mailmen are
screwing the works around again. (Recently received
a letter from Mabel that took two months to get here…).
I am not sure exactly
what I wrote you in my last letter which always
helps matters !
What the hell’s the
latest ‘round Alhambra ? Had a lengthy letter from
Suzy -Written ‘bout a month ago- and she said you
were taking her out… but outside of that your
life’s been a mystery. Hear tell Cogswell, and
Stevens, were home !
Had a letter from Don
the other day – written in England – that took 2
(monthes) weeks, just to come from there to here. He was damn lucky to
hit England ! Most of the boys lately have been
hitting France direct.
Brunhoffer’s been in France (never hit
England) ‘bout a month and a half now. Floren is
also here – his Division’s had about the same
set up as mine. Alhambra High School (AHS) will have
a reunion here yet...
Have had a couple close
calls… but as long as they don’t get any closer
I’ll be happy! Am rapidly becoming a very agile
“88” dodger. Merely, have to hear one of the
things whistle and – zoom – Ingalls has himself
a 30 foot foxhole
dug complete with air conditioning, electric
lights, and pin-ups on the wall (free floor show
every third Thursday) ! Am thinking of going into
business after war… “Ingalls Inc. Foxhole
Constructor”. ‘Course, to do any business, I’ll
probably have to bring along my own artillery
barrage… However that’s a mere detail that can
be worked out later!
I’m a disgusted character ! These damn medals
don’t mean a God damn thing!! Hell, I’ll come
back as decorated as lots of guys who came in D-DAY.
The “Purple Hearts” a joke. I laughed when I
learned that guys who got “frostbite” on Attu
were given the award. Brother, that was nothing…
Friend of mine recently got one for a slight
scratch. Required a little iodine, but no bandage.
Three days later you couldn’t even see where he
was hit. “Purple Hearts” are handed out at the
Aid Station. ‘Tis really getting to be a joke…
joint here is really the ultimate in rumor
manufacturing plants! Have never lead such a
confused life in all my life. It’s getting funny…
still makes up most of the scenery. Takes an jour or
two each day just to scrape it off of me and
had a haircut in 2 ½ monthes. Result : a luscious
pachuke that would put any joe in L.A. to shame.
“Junior”, the moustache, is rapidly reaching
maturity too ! Combination of the two is very snarky,
but leaves me kinda unrecognisable.
per usual ‘tis rainy and cold out. This hunk of
literature is being written from a two-man
slit-trench or with a shelter-half thrown over it.
Shelter halves are wonderful, they sift the water
and that’s about all.
a rule, writing time isn’t too common. However, I
try to write home at least every other day.
Therefore, give ’em a buzz any time you have some
spare minutes, and they can give you the latest
dope. OK ?
main ambition right now is to hit Southern
California again, and lay around on the beach all
day. Luscious sunshine beating down all over the
place. Gals, gorgeous gals, gorgeous American gals
spread all over the landscape. Portable radios
blaring out with Al Jarvis or other assorted genuine
jive. Hamburger, malts, and orange juice if you want
‘em. Ocean to swim in. (Have had on shower… very
feeble… in a month and a half. Manage to get my
hands washed about once a week. Clothes I have not
been off of me for a month with the exception of sox,
which I rotate spasmodically). Anyway, so Cal. is
true heaven! What say a group of us joes rent a
cottage or something for a month or so, when the war
ends ?? ‘T Would be very snarky…
to do with your money here. Some of the boys were
shooting craps for $100 per throw yesterday !
Game’s too “expertized” for me… I’ve been
sending my dough home.
get ‘bout any type German souvenir I wanted, but
there’s no way to send the things home, and I
already have enough stuff to lug around with me. So…
Ingalls goes souvenir less! (Did
manage to recently send home one of the propaganda
leaflets dropped by the Allies to the Germans though…
has become the idol of the 95th (along
with this joe who walls himself “Gen Hershey”).
The boy’s definitely getting rugged… “To hell
with my career I want Roosevelt!” Ah, yes, rugged
rumoured that we are going to be issued sleeping
bags, (which, quote “Yank’ of 6 monthes ago,
“are issued to all men at POE’s, along with
combat boots”)… by January 15. (Not even a rumor
regarding the boots!)
tell that patriots – “won’t write letter to
Ingalls” – Mc Carthy is coming home. Give him my
“hi’s” and “hello’s”…
see all kinds of genuine characters over here. Saw a
joe, rapping along in a tank, wearing a nice shiney
silk hat, the other day! Wouldn’t even surprise me
to see a General come putting along in a convertible
V-8, with red leather upholstery, tin pots, and a
pain of pipes!
what do you think of this sexy stationery ? Strictly
the latest in eliteness….
happened to “Rap” ? Air Corps or Infantry ?
‘fore I use up all my ink or run out of paper,
I’d better end this splurge. So… Here’s the
long for now, Frenchie.
(soon and lengthy, huh)
Time’s really whizzing… Been away from the
states 3 monthes already !