Archive | June, 2012

Heard yesterday that the invasion had started

6 Jun
June 6, 1944
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Mom

I’ve got good news I think. We’re moving to Camp Stewart, Georgia pretty soon and that’s positive. I haven’t hardly had time to do anything since I’ve been back. I’ve been working over at Camp Polk on the train. I expect we’ll leave in the next couple of days cause the train is all packed and ready. We’re taking all the guns and trucks on flat cars just like we did last time.

I’ve been pretty homesick ever since I got back, but I guess that’s natural after spending two weeks at home and then coming back to this. I think I will get another furlough but I don’t know when it will be. It won’t be as soon as I thought. We’re going to fire in Georgia and while we’re firing they won’t let anybody out on furloughs.

Camp Stewart is about 30 miles from Savannah, so I’ll be a lot closer home. I think we’re out from under that overseas alert too.

I heard yesterday that the invasion had started. I haven’t gotten hold of any papers to see how it’s coming. But I sure am glad it’s started. I hope it won’t be long before the war is over.

Love to all, Tom


Still haven’t heard when we’re moving or where

5 Jun
May 8, 1944
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Mom

I guess I haven’t been writing very regularly lately, but there’s never much to write about. I tried to call you all over the weekend but I never was able to get the call through.

We still haven’t heard anything as to when we’re moving or where. For all we know we may stay here a couple of more months. My furlough is due the first of July and that’s fairly definite.

Love to all, Tommy

P.S. I guess you all enjoyed your weekend up at the cabin. I sure would have liked to have been with you.

they’ve got a real nice U.S.O. here

3 Jun
May 3, 1944
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Mom

I’m in Deridder tonight. This is where we spend most of our time when we’re off. It’s about 8 miles from camp, and they’ve got a real nice U.S.O. here.

I got Dad’s and your letters yesterday. I can’t think of anything I need except I would like to have some of those stencils like they have down at the storehouse. If dad could get them. I just want the letters to make Thomas R Ferguson 33652379, about 1/2″ in size. I usually have a lot of stuff to mark that way and all we have is a card board stencil which isn’t so good.

I still don’t know much about my furlough but I’ll probably get it sometime during July as far as I know. I think that sooner or later I will be transferred into another, but that is just a hunch.

Love to all, Tommy

We’re getting good food now

3 Jun
April 23, 1944
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Mom

I spent this Sunday here in camp. It’s not so very long before I get my furlough so I want to save all the money I can.

We are still camped in the same place and I haven’t heard anything about moving yet. We have a nice camp with a Post Exchange and everything. There is even a quartermaster laundry near here and we get our laundry done free. We don’t get showers but about twice a week unless we get a pass and go to town. It’s a nice area here, grass with tall pines, I like it a lot better than the desert.

We took a hike the other day, it wasn’t but eight miles but it was pretty rough. We went through underbrush, waded through creeks and everything. I like to hike though about as well as anything we do.

We’re getting good food now, we had chicken for dinner today and steak for supper. They don’t have a very good stove out here it’s just a field range and they can’t bake or anything like that, but here lately the meals are pretty good.

Well I guess I’ll close for this time. I have my watch and buckle ready to mail and when I get a chance to get it insured I’ll send it on.

Love to all, Tom