Well, here’s another note from your long-lost son. I haven’t neglected you – I write when I can which isn’t very often. The Army hasn’t figured any way to get mail off of ships at sea every day – so we have to wait ’til we land some place. But it works both ways. I haven’t had any mail since I left Crowder. I’ve been across the states now – and my impression of most of it is pretty favorable. I’ve seen Hawaii (from the back of an Army truck) and my impression of it – is that it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. I crossed the Equator – but my impression there wasn’t so hot (my mistake, it was so hot!). We were initiated in true Navy style – I am now a shellback and no longer a pollywog. But in order to become a shellback I had to get splotches of my hair cut off – undergo electric shocks – get my fanny paddled – get a good old Baptist submission in Equator water – become well massaged in grease – and drink some vile-tasting medicine. I am now applying for the Purple Heart and Soldier’s Medal. I am well and happy and learning a Hell of a lot.
Tomorrow another letter from Dave’s World War II Army Adventure.