Letters

10 October 1943

Dearest,
It occurs to me that you can very well keep track of where I am by the kind of stationery I use: I usually use some free letter-paper. You will presently receive a bundle (!) from me, and you probably won't like it, what with all your other work. But cheer up, it should be the last laundry you'll do for me for some months. I'm sending the other clothes out since they've established a laundry service here, but don't want to send sun-tans for I know they'd ruin them as they did on the one suit previously. From now on most of our uniform dress will be wool O.D.'s which I have dry-cleaned. I have one clean change of sun-tans and wanted you to try wash and iron the 2 prs. I'm sending before too long as I may need to wear a change yet if the weather stays warm. Do the best you can and I'll appreciate it. I know you're busy, but I saw no other answer as I didn't want these clothes ruined. Things here are perhaps more unsettled than ever. Don't know much of my future now, as there's a rumor that 5 non-coms from Co. C will be shipped out. In such an event, the grade would also be demoted (without prejudice). Burlington Zephyr Route Map I hope I'm not one of them, for it probably is a lot worse other places than here. A standing joke here is, "I like it here"; meaning "I don't like it here one damn bit, but I know it's worse in most other camps". Seems as if I get along famously with the men, but don't have the same confidence in respect to the commissioned officers. I feel pretty good about the camp as a whole but those officers are the berries. You never know what they're really thinking. It's "spit and polish" to who laid the rail with them. Military is the word for it. They sit and plan things for the poor non-coms to carry out. Boy, can they give "lectures" and "instructions". The higher the non-com, the better favor-currier, as a rule, it seems, he is. I wouldn't want to be a high-ranking sergeant. Too much watching your step. Well, the war will probably last another full year (my guess). It's not too impossible that I might see action, but don't worry about it - there's no reason to expect it as of the present writing. You know, there's no use trying to figure the future in days like these. Must say, I've learned a hell of a lot about some things since I've been here. I miss you greatly. 2 more weeks of B. trng. (latest available word upon the subject). Passes may (just possibly) be in order then but I have only a mathematical chance of getting one soon, that is, before the furlough in January or thereabouts. Why don't we arrange a meeting in Omaha, or someplace some week-end. I can probably get away Saturday P.M (5 or 6 o'clock) or maybe earlier- early afternoon or in the morning - all dependent upon the fates and circumstances. We could get a hotel room Saturday night and spend several hours together, running over well into Sunday. If I could make the 2:39 P.M. Burlington Zephyr, I'd be in Omaha in about 4 hrs. (maybe 5 - don't remember). But the room must be reserved early in the day (at least some time in the afternoon), as these hotels are flowing over with people. At last, I hear that in Kansas City there often isn't a vacant hotel room in the whole business area by evening. If you could get away, and could make some proper disposition for the care of the baby (hate to think of taking her on a crowded bus), wish you'd give this idea your serious attention. We could arrange further details later - maybe the final ones by phone. Got a swell letter from Vonnie Stemple Friday; also a birthday card from O.K's; and your gift of $2.00. Some day. Didn't get the letter yet you promised to write but probably will Monday. Only have $7.00 all together now. I'm a spendthrift, it seems. Could write more, but the Major-General! will be in tomorrow! Must be on my way.
Love, Melvin