I received your letters of Feb. 16th and Feb. 20th since
I wrote you last and since there is no mission today I decided to do
plenty of writing. I have quite a bit of unanswered mail to take care of
so I've devoted today, Sunday, to answering mail.
In the past two days I've received three letters from Jerry. My mail
was slow catching up to him but evidently it's starting to come thru. You
have no idea how glad I was to hear from him. Today I received the first
package from you. This package contained peanut butter, jelly, sardines,
ink, chewing gum and after shave lotion. The outer wrapping was pretty
well beat up but the contents are in perfect condition. I want to
congratulate you on the packing. It really was a marvelous job.
At the present time I try to avoid thinking about post war conditions.
The only thing that I'm concerned with is banking enough money to take
care of me and whoever else needs it after the war. I was considering
canceling the allotment to the Bronx County Savings Bank and transferring
it to the Dollar Savings Bank to let the money earn money for me. As long
as you intend to use it to pay the insurance premiums I'll let things
continue as they are.
At the present time I have approximately $1600.00 in the banks with
$350.00 more to come as soon as I get paid. I'd like to have $5000.00 in
the bank when I'm discharged from the Army.
I'm getting used to the heat so I don't mind it at all. The thing I'm
afraid of is coming home in the winter and freezing. You remember how I
was after Florida.
The organized reserve keeps you on an inactive status until each time
as you are needed and are called to active duty. Jerry was in the enlisted
reserve while he was attending radio school downtown and was later called
to active duty. Two weeks a year are set aside for maneuvers to maintain
proficiency in your specialty. I requested Signal Corps instead of Air
Corps because there is no future as a bombardier.
Twenty five years is a long time for anybody. It's really remarkable
how the years roll by. I received a letter from Bennett and I never
realized he was capable of writing such a letter. Jerry and Ben could both
take lessons from him. I think my two brothers are the poorest letter
writers I've ever seen. So much for your letter of Feb. 16th.
I couldn't say whether I've put on any weight but I think I'm a bit
heavier now that back in the states. I don't do any exercise worth while
but I don't eat too much either. I don't know what Mrs. Boyer's origin is
but she's swell. Those two make one damned couple.
I'm attending these Masonic meetings every Tuesday and they've elected
me chairman of the entertainment committee. Last Tuesday I arranged a 45
minute program which went over big. I obtained the talent from a Navy unit
on the island. This week I haven't been able to devote much time to it due
to flying so I'm trying to get the same show for next Tuesday with a few
That takes care of two of your letters so now I'll give you the latest
news from the Philippines. Giving you the war news is silly because you
get it about the same time I do. We both know that the war can't last too
much longer because of our successes on all fronts. The weather has been
quite dry lately with infrequent rains. We now have dust on the roads
instead of mud and the change is marvelous. We are going to move in the
near future and I don't know whether our APO number will remain or not.
I'll advise you of any change so keep on writing. I cannot divulge the
date or the place of our new location so you'll have to be content with
what I have written.
Compare this letter to any you have received from Ben or Jerry and
notice the difference. I don't mean to boast but you know what my letters
have consisted of in the past.
That's about all I have to say for the present so I'll say goodbye.
My regards to all