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Letter to Mom and Dad [March 25, 1953]

Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
A.P.O. #7

March 25, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

All hell broke loose out here! We lost two more men last night. Both were on an F.O. (Forward Observer). We're throwing everything but the mess hall at them. In all my life I never heard so much noise. We're not in reserve anymore. We're in Direct Support.

The Ethiopians took Old Baldy from the "Chinks" but when they turned it over to us we lost it again. The Ethiopians are going to try to get it back.

It stopped raining and turned cold. It was 51 degrees at noon, now it's near 10 degrees. I know because I get the weather reports on the radio.

After staying up yesterday and all night I tried to sleep this morning but couldn't. I was too tired. Tonight I'll try to get something to drink that will put me to sleep.

The mail room isn't over here so we have to send someone to another area to get it. I hope I have some.

How is my mail coming through? I know I don't have much to say but I'm trying. I wonder when those cookies will get here.

We eat breakfast at 6 o'clock, dinner at 12 noon, and supper at 6 p.m. During the night I get hungry. Once in a while we raid the mess hall at night and get 3 or 4 dozen eggs, maybe some bacon and whatever else we can find but that only lasts one meal here with everyone eating some.

I think about home perpetually. They say a soldier who thinks of home is no good. I guess I'm not a good soldier. If it weren't for your letters I'd have volunteered for the infantry long ago. The officers re so "chicken shit" it's almost unbearable. We have plenty of men from our outfit that are in the infantry now. 25% of the men in Korea could be in the U.S.A. but couldn't stand being walked on so they signed up for Korea. I don't blame them. I'm not signing up for anything yet. I want to see what kind of an outfit this is after a few men rotate. You see, in the infantry I could be home for Christmas and still get $45 a month extra besides more rank. We go through combat areas but we don't get 4 points per month.The last relay I was on was like this: The O.P. is on the top of the hill. The infantry is in the next valley and the Chinese are on the next hill. Yet they tell us that because we are attached to the artillery we get 3 points per month.

I just heard that they canceled all "R & R (Rest & Recuperation) for the time being, also rotation is canceled.

One advantage of being with radio is that we the "Red Alerts" first. A "Red Alert" is enemy aircraft in area. I haven't seen any aircraft yet but I'm always weary.

After I find out whether or not I have any mail I'll finish this letter. 1:20 a.m. Good news! I got 4 letters. One each from you, Loretta, Helen Falda and Paul Damai. Of course, I'm answering yours first.

As I said in my last letter my mail has caught up so I have all the clippings that you sent.

So Bob's got Don's old "clunker". How does it run?

When we were in Seattle we received a shot for the flu. It really hurt, a few even passed out but it was one of the best shots I ever had.

You know that every year in the past I've had the flu at one time or another, well so far no flu! I'd rather have a sore arm for a short time any day than have the flu. When I get out of this army, I'm going to get shots for a lot of germs. They're expensive but they're worth every cent. Of course I won't have to get all of the shots that I received in the army. While in Cal City I'm not worried about contracting Yellow Fever etc.

What was the name of the girl whose wedding Ronnie attended?

There is no reason why I shouldn't keep the watch I have. I didn't send it home. I need it here. I figured that if it is a good watch it will last. I'd have to have to worry about a cheap watch going out on me. If you want to save any of those other watches for me, I'd appreciate it, but I don't want to be hoggish. I'd be silly if I turned it down because when I get home I'll probably be tired of this watch and this watch will probably be just plain "tired"!

They told me that I'd see the A-bomb while in the "States" but it never happened. I don't miss it.

That is about all for now. I haven't any place to mail these at the present so if you don't get a letter for a few days - wait. When you get mail, you'll probably get 2 or 3 letters. By the time I get to a mail box it may be a few days, so keep looking.

P.S. I drank 7 cans of beer for supper and got a couple of good hours of sleep. I feel fine now. Ed

P.P.S. Save this photo of Ted for me. Thanx. Ed.



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