Starting on the last phase of maneuvers

26 May
March 30, 1944
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Mom

We are starting on the last phase of maneuvers tomorrow. It will be over the 4th of April and I expect we’ll be shipping out pretty soon after. I don’t know where we’ll go but I don’t think we’ll stay in Louisiana any longer because the maneuvers are over for good down here.

We have come back into Louisiana now. We worked back about a hundred miles into Texas and now we’re back close to Alexandria. It’s a little cool here now. It rained all night, night before last, and then turned out cool.

Earl’s letter was ver interesting. I guess he must still be in Sicily, and I see from his address that he is in the same kind of outfit that I am in, only his are probably 90 millimeter guns.

I’m glad that I’ll be able to go back to work for the N&W when I get back. I expect there’ll be a lot of men without a job after the war and a lot of confusion when they start coming back. It would be hard to get started unless I could get that job back.

Guess I’ll close for this time.

Love to all, Tom

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