This Anti-Aircraft is a pretty nice thing to be in

24 Nov

November 18, 1943

Camp Haan, California

Dearest Mom

I got your letter today and the camera yesterday. You didn’t put 567th on the address on the camera but I got it alright anyhow. Thanks ever so much for getting it fixed up for me, I found a place in Hollywood where I can get all the film I want to.

Our Captain told us today that one of the weeks we are out will be spent in going into towns and having exhibitions. If we do stop at the Victorville Air Base again I’m going to try to look up Bill Moundfield. The Captain also told us that we could plan on getting our furloughs December 20. So I guess I’ll probably be coming in with Santa Claus. It seems like a long time to wait, but it will be awfully nice to be there for Christmas.

I’m glad I was able to get that book for you all so you have kind of an idea of how I live and what I do. It is a good camp here at Haan. It’s located in a good spot where it’s easy to get to lots of cities and the camp is nice itself. Even Camp Irwin is pretty good if it wasn’t so far from civilization. But living in pup tents like we did for seven weeks is the bad part of it. All in all I think this Anti-Aircraft is a pretty nice thing to be in. It is a pretty hard life but you’re right, there is some pleasure and joy mixed in with the hardship. You learn to appreciate things more, too. Like when I went to see Aunt Bess, it was the first time I had been in a home since I’ve come in the army. You don’t realize what it is to live in your home til you don’t even see a home for 5 months. And then when Sunday comes around I like to go to church. I get a lot more out of going to church than I ever did before. I hope the war will soon be over, it’s a lot harder on some other people than on us. I read in the paper about Sid Miller’s sons; lots of people are losing their loved ones and I pray every night that it will soon end.

Bill and Charlotte must be changing a lot from what I hear and I’m kinda glad to hear it, especially about Bill. I never thought it would happen.

You asked me about going to school, well I tried to get in but I never could because they would take only so many and now I’m too far advanced in my training.

About what I want for Christmas, I can’t think of anything right now but I’ll let you know if I do think of anything.

Guess I’d better close for tonight.

                                                                                         Love to all, Tommy

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