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Byron ArmbrusterĀ Correspondence to Eloise Higgins, April 1942

April 1942

[April 1942]
Camp Claiborne, La.
Saturday Noon

Dear Eloise -

Hope you haven't deserted me. I haven't heard from you since the Easter Card, have you written since? Please drop me a few lines now and then, even if I don't write. Our spare time is more limited each day. The only time I'll have time to write, will be on week ends. Tell mother we enjoyed the cookies and candy.

We just had inspection of equipment and personal inspection under arms (each Saturday morning). If we don't pass inspection we get giged, which means extra duty and especially on Sundays. Nearly everyone had something wrong, so just the worst ones were giged. I had a greasy chamber in my rifle, but wasn't giged.

Besides our regular training, laying tank mines, building barbed wire barracades, close drill and extended drill, we have been taking five mile marches with packs and rifles on our backs. These marches will be increased and next week we are expected to go twenty miles in ten hours. Someone just said, we were going ten miles in 5 hours. I don't know how we'll come out, as some drop out on these five mile hikes. It's around eighty five and we haven't a dry stitch of clothing when we return. Old timers say it gets around one hundred and twenty in July and August. Plenty warm, don't you think? How's Elenore and Stan?

I beg of you to write often. I just received a letter from Rev. Zschoche, Vangie Nelson and Marilyn Ann. Marilyn said you were down to her house when the creek was so high.

Wishing you and your people the best of health and happiness.

With Love,
Byron

April 1942

[April 1942]
Saturday 4:00 P.M.

Dearest Eloise,

Hoping this fines you all well. Your letter arrived late, because of incomplete military address. I was begining to wonder what had happened.

Thanks for the pictures, I look at them often. Tell Russell, accidents can happen to anyone. He certainly tried hard enough.

I received a letter from sister Fredia stateing that you, your grandmother, my mother and herself were out riding one day. Thanks for taking them as I know it does mother much good to get out and away from home.

Your letter was mailed on the train, wasn't it? Did my mother go along to Cecil? I get a lot of news out of the North-West dad sends.

We were going to take some pictures to-day right after inspection as we are all dressed in our uniforms, but it has been raining. Don't know when we will ever get it done. I'm going to stop now and add to this letter to-nite or to-morrow.

Sunday 2 P.M.

Things are sure dead this afternoon. We just had mail call, and I didn't receive a thing. We only have mail call once on Sundays. This morning a fellow from my tent and myself went to chapel. A quartet is singing to nite, I don't know if we'll go or not. Wednesday nite a group of girls from the Louisiana State College are giving a play for our division.

Yesterday we had the best cleaned and arranged tent in our company. We won the merit flag.

Please write more often, don't wait for me to write, I know you get some of the news from out home. How soon are you going to the Lake? I don't think I'll get a furlough until the latter part of September, if any.

How are your folks and grandmother? Fine, I hope.

We don't have to get up until we want to Sundays, but if we want breakfast, we have to be up by seven thirty or eight o'clock. Our food is fair altho we are rationed and sometimes it is a little scarce. Usually it is O.K. To-day we had chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, corn, dressing, bread, butter, coffee, and apple pie. It sound good, doesn't it? But it's still not home cooking.

Think I'll spend the afternoon listening to the radio. We get nearly all southern stations. Have I been missing anything at home? Can't think of much more to write, so will close hoping to hear from you real soon.

With Love,
Byron

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