World War II Army Adventure (12) – Dear Dad (1) – Finished One Week of Basic – February 27, 1944

David Peabody Guion – Home on leave, January, 1944


Service Clubs


Camp Crowder, Missouri

Sunday, Feb. 27, 1944

Dear Dad,

No, this doesn’t mean that I have another typing job.  It’s just that upstairs here in the Service Club they have typewriters that you can use for 30 minutes for a dime.  I got halfway over here from my barracks (about a mile) and realized that I didn’t have a pencil.  So, rather than go all the way back for a pencil, I decided to become extravagant and use one of these typewriters which I saw when I was here last week.

I’ve finished one week of my basic training and don’t find it a bit tough.  I am told by reliable sources that the first couple of weeks aren’t usually very hard anyway.  I also findthat you must go from one thing to another here (you can’t waste any time or(dilly-dally).  Naturally, that’s kind of tough for me.  I’m not supposed to tell what I do, see, or hear while I’m doing my basic; which gives me very little to talk about because everything one does here is basic training.

I still like the camp very much.  The food, for the most part, is excellent (I have been here a week and 1/2 already (I can notice that my face is feeling out and I know that I feel a whole lot healthier). I don’t think there are better non-coms in the whole Army (including my brothers) than the ones that are in my platoon.  There’s Cpl. McGrath from Buffalo who is a bit bossy, but if you analyze his job you realize that he has to be that way.  To talk to, he’s very friendly and congenial.  Then there’s Sgt. Chinn – I don’t know where he comes from — but he certainly breaks all the rules when it comes to being a tough Army Sergeant.  I have seen him, I’ll admit, when he’s given the appearance of being tough, but then again if you put yourself in his shoes, his actions seem logical.  (I guess I told you last week about his catching me looking out on the road and not paying attention to what he was saying.  “If I catch you looking out there again, I’ll put you on K.P. for a week.”My answer was, “Yes, Sergeant”, which was said in a unique way that you probably have never heard me use before – no talking back to HIM. But he can joke and fool around with the rest of us when the time and place permit.  He’s just a little guy (comes to about the level of my eyes) and he’s got a military strut on him that makes him look awfully funny. I get a big kick out of it when he walks up to some lanky guy that may have come from them Washington woods and throws him an order in a gruff voice, looking up at the boob as he does it.  The lanky rookie could take the Sergeant and twist him in his hands if he wanted to – but, alas, – this is the ARMY. Cpl. Keep is a new Corporal and hasn’t learned the Army technique of giving orders as yet.  This makes him even more likable.

Tomorrow I will finish this letter.

Judy Guion


One thought on “World War II Army Adventure (12) – Dear Dad (1) – Finished One Week of Basic – February 27, 1944

  1. americanmilitaryfamilymuseum says:

    Reblogged this on Letters Home.

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