|Letter to Mom and Dad [February 17, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
February 17, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
I wrote a letter yesterday, but didn't get a chance to mail it so I'm just combining the two. There isn't too much to say. Not much happens here. Instead of complaining about the cold and conditions I'll just give you a list of things you can send me to make it a little easier. Something good would be soup. The powdered kind, you know what I mean. Another thing is cocoa. When I can get water that would be perfect. I can also use a flashlight and batteries. We don't have a PX here and we don't have electricity. I'm writing by candle light. The Koreans charge two dollars for six small candles.
How is everyone back home? My mail hasn't caught up with me yet. The last mail I got was the birthday card.
Right now I'm about forty miles north of the 38 th parallel in North Korea. Next Saturday I go up further when I join my battery. I'll let you know what happens.
I just went to get oil for our tent. Its so dark, I stumbled all over. I'm glad that I only have three days left at this hole.
I'll write again.