14 March 1944

Well, here I am. Slept 2 nights on the train. Saw quite a bit of country - Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, etc. It's pretty cool here right now - you might say cold. They're treating us pretty white - so far - but in the Army you always keep your fingers crossed. Maybe I can chase down to Washington, D.C., this week-end, if we're still in camp then. I'm anxious to see the capitol city. 3/4's of us are allowed to pass from Sat. noon till Sunday evening (11:00), if details or shipping orders don't come up. Washington's only 30 miles; Baltimore 15. If I go to Baltimore I'll eat oysters - but rather go to Washington, I think. They haven't worked us hard here - which I like very much - though I've already had a few hrs. K.P. We're getting brand new equipment + a lot of new clothes. You have to look "tops" when you leave here. The captain said today that we could be shipped "anywhere" from here. No telling where. You may write me by the address on envelope. Later I'll have an A.P.O. number. We may be here anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks - no one knows yet. Hope we're here over the weekend; as I always did want to see places + things. Sort of the traveler, you know. Felt pretty blue the first day here. Sort of an awful let-down from being at home. But am much more used to it by now again. Seems to be the rainy season here. Bet this is a beautiful state a few weeks from now when spring comes. Heard the play, "Maryland, My Maryland" on the radio this morning. Very pretty, I thought. The buildings in this camp are pretty old. Not as good as those at Wolters. There's a helluva lot of men here from my old camp. And this is one big place. I miss you a lot. But don't worry about me. I'll be all right. Let me know right away how the baby is. I hope she's better by now. (She'd better be.) She's surely a sweet baby.
Love, Melvin