World War II Army Adventure (90) – Dear Dad – How Is Your Harem? – May 19, 1945

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 1945

Rec’d 5/26

DEAR DAD,

HOW IS YOUR HAREM?  BET THEY’RE A HAPPY BUNCH OF WAR WIVES NOW A-DAYS. IS THERE ANY NEWS ON WHETHER DAN AND LAD AND DICK ARE COMING OVER HERE TO HELP ME OR ARE THEY GOING HOME TO WORK OUT THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE? TELL THEM THAT EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL OVER HERE AND THAT THEY’RE KID BROTHER IS BIG ENOUH NOW TO HOLD HIS OWN. THESE JAPS ARE HALF-PINT SIZE SO IF IT WON’T HURT THEIR FEELINGS YOU CAN TELL THEM THAT I’LL TAKE CARE OF THINGS OVER HERE.

YOU ARE RIGHT!!! I CAN USE THE NETTING. FOOD WILL NEVER BE WASTED – NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, EITHER. HOW ABOUT A METAL MIRROR?

I GOT A LETTER FROM BISSIE YESTERDAY – IT DIDN’T SAY MUCH, BUT IT WAS A LETTER. I GUESS MARTY AND BUTCH MUST BE GETTING PRETTY BIG NOW. DOES MARTY START SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER OR DOES HE HAVE ANOTHR YEAR TO GO YET?

I’VE GOT A NEW JOB NOW – CLERICAL OF COURSE. I LIKE IT QUITE WELL, BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING IT LONG ENOUGH YET TO REALLY TELL. AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE I WORK VERY HARD – THIS IS MY TYPEWRITER AT WORK.

YOU ASKED IN ONE OF YOUR LETTERS ABOUT THE LIVING CONDITIONS HERE AND THE WEATHER AND TERRAIN. WELL, WE ARE SOMWWHAT RESTRICTED AS TO WHAT WE CAN SAY – BUT THEY CAN’T DO ANY MORE THAN CUT OUT WHAT I’VE WRITTEN – SO HERE GOES.

FIRST OF ALL, I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU THAT MY MORALE IS GOOD – SO THEREFORE YOU PROBABLY GUESSED THAT THE FOOD IS GOOD AND LIVING QUARTERS ARE COMFORTABLE. WE’RE LIVING IN 8 MAN PERAMITAL TENTS – 6 IN OURS. ALAN MEDENDORP, AL SALAMONE, NICK LAIELLI, MARV KING AND MYSELF – LIVE WITH JACK LATIMER, A MOTOR MEHANIC IN OUR TENT. MED IS TEAM-CHIEF (BUCK SGT), AL IS ASSISTANT (T/4), NICK IS T/5, KING IS A PFC, AND I’M HOLDING TENACIOUSLY ONTO MY TWO STRIPES AND A MODEL T. WE MAKE A PRETTY GOOD CREW. MED IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT GUYS I KNOW; AL IS A HELL OF A GOOD GUY WITH A LOT OF INGENUITY (HE’S OUR CHIEF ENGINEER AND ARCHITECT – IF YOU LIKE OUR TENT WHEN I SEND YOU A PICTURE OF IT, YOU CAN BLAME HIM FOR IT); NICK IS THE SORT OF GUY WHO NEVER GETS SORE AND EMITS WIT IN HIS EVERYDAY TALK; MARV IS A POOR UNFORTUNATE. HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE COME OVERSEAS; HE ISN’T A BIT HAPPY AND DOESN’T KNOW HIS WORK TOO WELL – BUT HE’LL GET ALONG ALL RIGHT.

WE’VE GOT A WOOD FLOOR IN OUR TENT AND PLENTY OF SAND-BAGS AROUND THE SIDES. WE’RE SLEEPING ON ARMY COTS – SO CONSIDERING EVERYTHING, WE DON’T LEAD A BAD LIFE.

CHOW IS GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME – WE EVEN MADE OUR OWN OVEN SO THAT NOW WE’RE GETTING BREAD (I SHOULD SAY THE MESS SGT MADE HIS OWN OVEN).

WEATHER IS GOOD. NOT TOO HOT. IT RAINS ONLY ABOUT ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS BUT WHEN IT RAINS IT RAINS LIKE HELL. THE TERRAIN IS VERY BEAUTIFUL – VALLEYS AND HILLS. THE FOLIAGE IS PRETTY AND THE GROUND IS SOFT AND RICH – ALMOST NO ROCKS. HOWEVER THERE ARE ROCKS ON THE HILLS MAKING THEM VERY PRETTY – CONNECTICUT STYLE.

WELL THT’S A SMATTERING OF IT ALL, IF IT GOES THROUGH, YOU’LL HAVE SOME OF THE INFORMATION YOU WANTED.

                                                                         LOVE,

                                                                                 DAVE

Tomorrow I will post another letter from Dave’s World War II Army Adventure.

Judy Guion

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