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An invasion about to start

26 May

March 22, 1944

Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Pop

I had a bunch of cards from you waiting for me when I got back. But I think I answered about everything when I was home. ¬†We have been on a rest period since I’ve been back. We’re a good ways into Texas and I think we’ll be going to the Gulf to do our firing pretty soon. I don’t know where we’ll go from there.

I was reading something on the fourth army news bulletin about how they thought an invasion was about to start. I hope the war with Germany will soon be over ’cause I believe it will take a lot to beat the Japs. About the only news we get around here is a little paper the fourth army puts out and that is usually old news when we get it.

Guess I’ll quit for now as I got a lot of other writing to catch up on.

Love, Tom

P.S. I got the N&W magazine today.

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16 May

March 17, 1944
Leesville, Louisiana

Dear Dad

Here is a card I got in St. Louis. We got back to Leesville today but we can’t get any information as to where the outfit is. So we’re stuck for the present.

Love, Tom

We are moving all over the place

17 Feb

February 7, 1944

Louisiana

Dear Pop,

I am on maneuvers and we are moving all over the place. That raise I get will come in good for a furlough. You get it for me. Use my regular address when you write. I can’t put it on a card.

Tom

I have to do what you see on this card

17 Jan

There's always K.P. wherever the Army goes, as Camp Haan rookies soon learn.

January 17, 1944

Camp Haan, California

Dear Pop,

I hope we do get the raise from the railroad. I’m glad it won’t cost so much to come home when I get to L.A. I’m glad you all liked the dates. I have to do what you see on this card about every two months.

Love, Tom

Waiting for my furlough won’t be so hard I guess

25 Dec

December 20, 1943

Camp Haan, California

Dear Pop

I got two cards from you today. I hope mom can come out. The best way to come would be by Chicago I imagine. You can catch a straight through train from Chicago to Los Angeles and it stops in Riverside. That is the Challenger.

How is the railroad raise coming? Will this strike affect you any? I hope the raise does come through cause I know it will help a lot.

Waiting for my furlough won’t be so hard I guess. It’s a pretty easy life here at Camp Haan and as long as I stay here instead of going through Port of Embarkation and maybe overseas, it’s ok with me.

Love to all, Tom

I’m wondering what they will do with us

21 Nov

In a setting of Old China, with shrines, lily pools, and courts, the Chinese have gathered the art treasures of the Orient.

November 17, 1943

Camp Haan, California

Dear Pop

I’m awful glad you like Helen. I sure am crazy about her. We are having a party Friday night for our new captain. Our training is about over and I’m wondering what they will do with us.

Love, Tom

We go out on the desert next week

21 Nov

November 16, 1943

Camp Haan, California

Dear Pop,

You needn’t renew my subscription to the paper. I don’t have time to read all of them. Maybe you could send me one once in awhile.

We go out on the desert next week but I don’t think we’ll be there but one week. I hope we’ll get furloughs soon after that. I’m awful anxious to see you all.

Love, Tom