In yesterday’s post, you remember the difficulty the Army Post Office (APO) had in finding Richard P. Guion, and were never able to deliver Dave’s letter to his next older brother. It appears from this letter that Camp Crowder had great difficulty in finding Pvt. David P. Guion. Each Company was identified by a capital letter followed by numbers. The letter was addressed to Co. D, 25th Sig. Training Bn (Company D-25, Signal Training Battalion). Co. D-25 is crossed out, and another Co. hand-written instead. D-26, D-31, D-36, and A-36 are all crossed out on the front of this letter. (over) is also written on the front. On the back is written NR 8.6.44 and below that, D-28 and the initials JR. Since Dave is in possession of the letter, I have to assume that they were finally able to find out what Company Dave was in and were able to deliver the letter.
1276 Success Ave.
Hi Dave: –
I just got home from Bridgeport and believe it or not, I can still find time to write to you.
Well, we finally got our graduation rings, is nothing to be proud of because Stratford High, Central and Bassick have a reasonable facsimile (in other words, the same make of ring.)
I guess by now you should be used to Army life. How do you like it? I heard you finally got promoted from kitchen police (K.P.) two leader of the Garbage patrol. Am I right? Or are you still in the so-called Guard House..
I still didn’t make any plans for next year, I mean about going to school. I was talking to my father last night and told him the only kind of school he can get me to go to, is the school of Aeronautics. So I guess I don’t go to school.
What do you know Dave, my best friend came over my house last night and of all things to ask me, he asked me if I would run away to California with him, 1 September. All I said to him was, “Silly Boy”.
I don’t know if you know this boy but anyway, you know the guy I work for (besides your father) (George would come in to Guion Advertising, in Bridgeport, in the evening, when needed, and set the type for print jobs for the next day), Mr. Watson, well anyway, his son, Tom, hitch-hiked to Ohio yesterday morning (Monday) all by himself.
Everything is O.K. at Guion Advertising, well anyway, it’s O.K. when I’m there: even though I’m not there very often because the work is coming in so slow. I didn’t work there all last week.So you can imagine how things are!
I’ll have to close now because it’s either, I’m too tired, or I’m running out of paper, or I’m too lazy to go get more paper. I think the latter is right. I guess it’s about time I said so-long and don’t forget to answer!!!
From this letter, it sounds like George may have been a contemporary of Dave’s who had gotten a part-time job with Guion Advertising.
Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1939 when Lad and Dan are in Venezuela. It appears as though the situation is not good, especially for Dan, who is at a camp out in the northern wilds between Caracas and Maracaibo, and has not been paid since arriving in Venezuela in October, 1938. Grandpa is doing all he can to convince Venezuelan Government Officials to correct the problems.