April 13, 1942

Ft. Lewis, Washington

Dear Folksies,

     We’ve really begun today! We were given rifles this morning and we work on a regular routine.

     I think I forgot to tell you that we all had Saturday night sore arms. Yes, we had typhoid and tetanus shots Saturday. A few of the boys had chills and fever yesterday, but most just had sore arms, especially on the typhoid side.

       Yesterday was a day of leisure. We did, however, get all fired up for inspection and had an inspection at 9 A.M. by the “General” — the “Little General.” Yes, Leo was up in Tacoma for a Surgical Society meeting and he came down to visit us. We all stood at attention by our bed for him and he was a bit non-plussed. He was greatly pleased and most impressed at how neat we could get ourselves and our tings.

     Today we had identification tags made and had blood typed — all this after 1/2 hour of calisthenics. After lunch and a lecture we had yellow fever shots and some drilling. Volleyball and basketball between 4-5PM, then shower and dinner. More classes this evening.

     The way we change clothes up here – so darn frequently — it reminds me of Tahoe Tavern. We change at least 5 or 6 times, if not more per day.

     I drew a diagram of our sleeping arrangements. Downstairs in one room is Lt. Col. William Reilly and Lt. Col. Carleton Mathewson.

                    Loads of love,




Watch for my next letter
April 15

Ft. Lewis barracks bed assignments. Click diagram to enlarge.