Aug. 20, 1952
Hi Dad, May, & Kids:
Here is a few lines to leave you know I am fine and in good health, hoping this letter will find you all fine. Well I finally arrived here in Korea, I been here for about 2 weeks now. We had to go through another week of training when we go here, to sort of refresh our memory on things we learned before. Then they send us out on the front lines but so far I haven’t seen any North Korean gooks or even got a shot at any. I and three other marines were sent out in enemy territory to spy on the gook for a couple days. Now they have me setting in a heavy machine gun bunker as a lookout for any snipers who might sneak up to shoot at somebody, or in case they pull off an attack. I have a phone here in the bunker with me so I can phone the command post and leave them know. It sure does get tire some sitting here for 10 or 12 hours, I rather go out and find some gook to shoot at. That is what I’m here for anyhow
These flak jacket they give us to were sure are ok. They claim that they save about 63 percent of the lives. The jacket has fiber glass inside of it and it is less than a fourth of an inch thick. It won’t stop bullets or shrapnel but it may slow them down enough to save our life or just have a slight wound instead. I had a buddy of mine shot at by a sniper, good thing he had his jacket on because it probably saved his life he wasn’t hurt bad but they took him in back of the lines for X-Rays, he sure was scared. Our planes were bombing and shooting at the gooks this morning I don’t know how much damage they done. It is pretty quiet now once in a while there is shots or a mortar round going off some place. A mortar round landed in front of my bunker yesterday about 50 or 75 feet away. I wasn’t hurt or even scared I haven’t been scared yet since I’m here.
Well I’ll have to close for now