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Old 10-25-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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country kid: Marine recruit 1st letter home

. . . sends first letter home.
(Now at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Training)

Dear Ma and Pa,
I am well. Hope you are too. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.
Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys who live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.
We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in SilverLake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join up before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,

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Old 10-25-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Too funny!

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Love it Wayne....... especially the last .....''Alice''.........lol........
presume you are home now ....let me know and I will put you back on the forward list. BTW the sawbones cant find anything wrong with my ''ticker'' they did a 'cath'' and said it was like it has always been. He put me on some 200 per month meds and I am having no more ''problems''' I think my ''stack'' was too heavy for my heart and it is ''lighter now''.......

BTW.. I applied for and got Va medicine assistance ....... I have been approved and I go to a military doctor on the first I think. They said it was ''routine'' to check to see if I was a ''real person'' (not a Marine...lol... Ping)
Be safe my brother and God bless you for your service to my country and you have my eternal thanks for your service even though it was in the Marine Corps (a small part of my Navy....ping.... damn, im gettin good)
Hello to Earline......
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