July 18, 1952
Hi! Dad, May and Kids:
Just a few lines to heave you know I’m fine and hope this letter will find you all the same. Well I’m glad to hear you had a break in the weather. Stooky wrote in one of his letters that it hadn’t rained for quite awhile and things were pretty dry. And that the fairways over at the Country club were pretty brown. The weather out in California is still the same yet, it rained about 3 or 4 times since I been out here, and then it was much of a rain! Because it doesn’t rain very often here they call it “California dew” It actually gets so dry out here that the ground cracks open. It gets plenty hot here during the day but around 4 or 5 o’clock it isn’t so hot any more, right now there is a nice cool breeze blowing.
I’ll bet them new neighbors will really have the place fixed up I’ll bet I won’t recognize the place, if I ever get to see it. So Clair bought himself a new hay bailer and is going around the valley bailing hay, well that is a good racket, make some good money doing that. By the way how is every body doing up at Sorbers. Tell them I said Hello the next time you go up. And tell them to drop me a few lines it’s their turn. I wrote them a while back but received no answer. So if they don’t write, I don’t write.
So you’re preparing to start extracting honey again. How did the bees do? Boy I sure could eat some honey. Well I finally got my partial plates from the dentist fifteen in all top and bottom. I don’t mind the ones on the bottom but I can’t get used to the ones on top. Well there is no doubt about me going to Korea. We are suppose to sail on the morning of the 21st. I guess we will go to Japan first before we go to Korea, I don’t know how long we’ll be there. It may be a few days, a few weeks maybe even a couple of months. We are suppose to have 8 months of combat before we get sent back to the states. But the time it takes sailing back and forth will add up to a couple more months. And they may keep us longer over seas. It doesn’t count for the time we spend in Japan waiting to be placed for Combat duty. We still have to have at least eight months of Combat before they can ship us back to the states. They’re working on a pay scale for paying $45.00 a month more for every six days out of the month that we are fighting the enemy. Or every six days of action that we get.
No I haven’t seen Milton and Louise lately only twice since I been out here. I wanted to go and see them again before I shipped out but they had gone on a vacation trip back to Oklahoma to see Louise’s folks. I guess they’re back home by now but I don’t think I’ll get a chance to see them again before I leave. I have to start packing my field transport pack and knapsack with my clothes and things I’ll be needing over seas, and I have a lot of things to wash over the weekend that I must take along with me. I was on a long weekend pass last week that was for 48 hours. I wouldn’t of went then, but we had a few inspections by some big wheel high brass and I was one of few fellows who had everything squared away neatly and clean rifle and things like that so they recommended me for a special liberty pass. I went to Los Angeles California and spent two days there. I would have gone up to see Milton and Louise again but I didn’t know till today that they were back home again.
By the way I received a letter of Stooky the other day and he said he expects to get married soon, I can’t believe it. Did you see the car he got a 46 Buick I think he said.
Well I guess that is about all I can think of for now. I’ll try and write more I should have plenty of time on the ship sailing over to Japan. Unless I get sea sick and can’t write.
So Long for now