Battery “C” 567th AAA (MBL)

18 Jul

July 18, 1943

Camp Haan, California

Dear Mom,

Tommy Hawkins is in the same battery as I am and there are lots more from Roanoke here. Vincent Hazel, however, is not here. I think he was on the same train but on the last two cars which were unhooked somewhere along the route. Mr. James Dowdy is in the same hut as I am. He lives in Roanoke. He is about 30 years old but he’s a pretty good fellow. We went to church together this morning. He said to tell you he would take good care of me. His wife’s phone number is 4087 in case you would like to call her.

I’m glad you all got to see that Demonstration Battalion from Camp Lee. You see how I live now. About the Chaplains and church, they sure do help a lot. When you get this far away from home you get awfully homesick and you think about home a lot. Church helps a lot.

You wanted to know what my address meant. Well it is Battery “C” 567th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion, (Mobile). Mobile means that we have enough trucks to pick up and move anytime. Our main gun is like the one pictured at the top of the page. We also have a new type machine gun. They asked us not to say what size the guns are or how many each Battery has. But I can tell you this, we are pretty well protected.

Love to all, Tommy

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