Dear Family —
Our status is no clearer now than it was last week, altho’ there have been a number of changes. Lad is now in a new company – a perfectly foul one that treats their men worse than the basics. He has no definite job to do, because he has over 50 points, but he can’t get out so they are just holding him there. He has to report on the post at 5.45 every morning – can get a pass every night except Friday night (Don’t ask us why – even they don’t know. It’s just a company policy.) You have to be in the company four months (Heaven forbid!) Before you can get a three-day pass, so we probably won’t be home very often. Because he’s in a holding company he can’t apply for rations off the post – can’t have his laundry done on the post – can’t buy things at the commissary – can’t _______ Oh, the list is endless. Now that I’ve presented the worst side, here are a few encouraging items.
One – He hasn’t been sent to Classification as yet, so that might make a difference, we hope.
Two – Because he’s a T/3 he won’t draw any company duties except C.2 – and that shouldn’t come up too often.
Three – they are off duty by 11 o’clock Saturday morning, so we do have a fairly long weekend. And they usually get off at 4 o’clock on Wednesdays. otherwise it is 5:30 before he can leave.
So —– if Lad doesn’t pull C.2 on Thursday (or Wednesday night) we will drive up Wednesday night and be home for Thanksgiving dinner anyway. Bob is in the same company but is hoping to be moved today or tomorrow, so he might not be coming with us. I guess one place more or less won’t make too much difference, will it?
Dad, will you please call Jean and ask her to get an extra pound of butter for us? Butter is a very scarce item down here, so I’d like to bring some back with us. Also tell her that we will bring olives, pickles, nuts, candy (if we can find it) and anything else along that line that I might think of. They won’t be perishable, and we should be able to get them down here.
We have found an apartment such as it is — which isn’t too bad (We’ve been in a lot worse). It has a fairly large living and bedroom and a fairly nice kitchen – Good gas stove – icebox – and dishes and silver furnished. We share the bath with a couple in the other half of the duplex. Ice and milk are delivered four times a week and we are only five blocks from town. It really isn’t bad at all and it’s ever so much better than eating out all the time. We just hope we won’t be here very long.
Went to see the Chandlers The Chandlers lived in Trumbull and Doug Chandler held some position in our church. He also started the Chandler Chorus, which the Lad, Dan and Ced were all involved with. The Chandler Chorus went to area towns to perform at various functions and even were heard on the local radio. Ced met his wife there.) yesterday. Took us forever to find the place but we finally made it. Only the two boys were home, however. Mike is 6 ft. tall – Dave is 6’3″ !! Lad could hardly believe it. Mrs. Chandler’s stepmother had died, so she was in Kentucky – was expected home tonight. Mr. Chandler was speaking to a Young People’s Group in a town about 12 miles away (on our way home) so we stopped there and said “Hello”. Didn’t have time for much more. We hope to get back there again.
Hope we see you late Wed. night or early Thursday morning.
Marian and Lad
Tomorrow, another letter from Grandpa which includes some business talk to Dave and a wrap-up of Thanksgiving.