15 April 1942

Gee, these “yardbirds” spend a lot of time goldbricking and worrying about getting caught.

This letter just seems really long, because Walt is writing on small notebook paper.

A transcript follows the letter images.

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Transcript:

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Apr. 15, 1942

Hello Honey:—

It is now about 8:00 in the morning—A very, very beautiful morning. It is warm, the sun is shining and if there were any birds they would be singing—There is a bird or so here, Bussards—floating lazily far, far above the earth, waiting patiently for an opportunity to pounce upon some helpless creature that will be a morning meal for him, she, or it. Boy am I goofy—Ha.

Just the same it is a very, very, very nice morning.

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How long it will stay like this is another question.

In an hour it will be so damn hot we won’t be able to breath comfortably—Our feet will be wet with perspiration, also the rest of our body will be slightly damp—did I say (l) slightly damp?—the water will run right down the middle of our back and from there I know not where, but I have a good idea.— Don’t listen to me, I’m just imagining what could happen when they catch us loafing, for eventually they will catch us—our luck won’t

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hold forever.

I heard a joke:—

What did the bra. and the nightgown say to each other? The bra. said , “I did more then you did last night, I covered her “boobies” all night.” The nightgown said, “You don’t have nothing anything over me, I was up there most of the night.

Hee, Hee, He, He.

The suspension is terrible, everytime we hear somebody we think it a Lt. or 1st. Sgt. coming and then we will have to “fall out”. I think we will have a nervous breakdown. [illegible cross out]

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One says “Don’t you think we ought to fall out?” Somebody else, “Now don’t get all riled up, Let’em find us.” Next yardbird, “Yeah, but if they catch us we will get our ass throwed on K.P.” Me—”Well fellows, I’m just naturally lazy—Let take a chance.”—(You know me that old gambling spirit to the front and center—Ha).

I went (with Donald Cline last night) to the Post Exchange and we had 3 whole bottles of 3.2. We proceeded to talk over the merits of this Regiment and Kansas

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Conclusion:—There aren’t any merits.

You’ll have to excuse the tablet paper, I use it when I’m in a hurry as all I’ll have to do when we get caught is to fold the tablet gently, gently——Crash—Boom, Bang—and then “stow” it away somewhere.

We just had.

We almost blew the side out of the building a min. ago. We heard somebody come in the back room—Everybody took a deep breath I and were busily engaged in reading or writing—The man

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entered our room—everybody raised their head slightly and them heaved such a sigh of relief that to old building fairly rocked—it was only another “yardbird.” I’m telling you Honey—the tension is terrific—I wouldn’t be supprised if somebody “kicked off,” from a heart attack.

There isn’t a sound in this room—you can almost hear the fellows breathing. Everybody seems to be busy reading but at the least, little noise some raises their head, and looks out a window—It is like being in a dense

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forest—for, in the wilderness if it gets very quiet it is a sign that some tradgedy in natures cycle of life is about to begin—the beginning of the end for some “yardbird” rabbit or deer or squirrel or what have you.

I hope that Lion of the Army doesn’t jump to far and land in here. Or—there will be another tradgedy (ennacted) enacted—(somb)somebody will get extra duty, but, that is the way of life—the Big ones eat the little ones—only the fitest (sneakiest) survive. The longer I (righ) write, right,

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wright—the crazier “goonier” I get.

I guess I will have to start on the back of these sheets or I will have my tablet all used up, and of course for dear, old Uncle Sammy we must conserve on paper—save for National Defense—They will probably have to hang a supply of corncobs in the “privy”—But that won’t be hard to do out hear—I guess this is supposed to be a corn state—I’m sure we couldn’t use sunflowers. Kindly turn to back of page one. [two rows of quotation marks and other indecipherable marks]

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The suspension is dropping off a little now as the boys are getting sleepy—Alas! that is when we will get caught—when one relaxes one get “hooked”, doesn’t one? Well, they’ll learn sometime.

Sometimes I wonder why I spend these lonely nights alone—

You know Honey—Sun. at the social center I played “The Anniversary [n above, nnn below] Waltz,” until I knew it—I whistled, humed [mm above, mmm below] and groaned it all day—Now I can’t even think of the tune.—I’m screwy.

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Far, far away in the distance (I) (about 100ft.) I hear—Hut, Hut—Hut, hup, hep, hup.—Hut, Hut—Hut, hup, hep, hup.

That is the way they keep marching men in step. Then I’ll hear—”Platoon—Attention.—Parade—Rest, Platoon—Attention,—Forward—March,—By the Left Flank—March,—By the Right Flank—March,—To the Rear—March,—Platoon—Halt,—At Ease,—Rest—Smoke if you have them, if you don’t have them, bum ’em. My oh my I hope we don’t get caught.

Brrrrrrr (wrong), Brrrrrr (better).

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Alas my Dear—I fear my Dear that I am going to run out of something to talk about—(Strage) Strange (at) as (it) it (sm) may (scribble) seem, but I guess I will have to say Goodmorning so I will say it.

Good Morning Sweetheart

I love you

last night

this morning

tonight

Love

x Walt x.

P.X. I will write a few more words this afternoon.

x xxxx xxx

x xxxx x

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Back again Sweets:—

It is now about 10:15 and we haven’t been caught yet.—The wind is howling “bloody murder”—

The troop is gone—where? I don’t know—and I don’t care.

I would make somebody a very nice wife I think. I My sleeves were too long on my O.D. Shirts so I set the button over and sewed on another  button and made two button holes. They look pretty darn good even if I do say so myself. If you see an advertisement in which a man says he is badly in

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need of a housekeeper, etc. let me know—I probably wouldn’t make a very good partner otherwise, but I’d let him step out once in awhile. Ha—

See you later

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Here I am again—supprised?—

we played softball this aft. noon. Every Wed. afternoon we are supposed to have recreational activities.

Then I took a shower and shaved; We will eat “chow” pretty quick now.—I’ll have to get busy and shine my shoes now—See you!

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after “chow”

I just eat, and they had mail call. As I said last night I got two letters from you—one from Bert Hawkins and one from some old lady in the church at home.

So you and Twila got in with a couple of fresh guys unh?—Well, I reckon—well, I reckon they acted rather natural—also know you done allright—Would like to see him put his arm around you if I was there.

Sure was glad to get your letters

Guess I’ll close for tonight

Love (- —- —)

Walt.

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