|Letter to Mom and Dad [April 3, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
April 3, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
First chance I had to write. I received two letters from you yesterday. Also, the clipping of that poor soldier boy.
We're up on the front line now. We moved from the tent to a bunker. It leaks a little but it will be alright. At night I can hear the termites eating the wood
I bought a 45 caliber pistol a couple of days ago for $30. I'm not authorized to wear it but they won't say anything when I wear it when working on the lines.
We've worked hard. One of the lines to one of our O.P.'s went out yesterday morning about ten o'clock. We worked on it until 8:30 this morning. Old "Joe Chink" was watching us all the time too. We're at a spot called Alligator Jaws. It sticks out in front of most of the hills. Our MLR (Main Line of Resistance) is in front of us to our left and right up on hills. Our front line is an open flat plain. It's a "no man's land". Our lines run through this area. We never would have gotten the line up. The guy with me was in too much of a hurry. He laid the line with a Jeep. It broke in several spots. This morning after screwing around trying to repair it all night, I strapped two rolls of wire on my back and ran with the wire (about 2 1/2 miles). I reached the other end, spliced the wires, hooked up and we had perfect communication
After that we came in and I slept for 2 hours, washed up, and now I'm writing.
Old "Joe Chink" won't fire at one or two men, he only picks on a vehicle or groups of men. If a man keeps a cool head and looks out for mines, he'll never have to worry. If I'm alone I'm alright but these guys get me jumpy. Their imagination is too big. They hurry and foul everything up and in the long run take about 6 hours to lay a line. I can get a good line in a couple of hours. My lines won't go out unless they're cut. If they do, I can find out fast where the trouble is because I know which line is mine and where to find it. Keep in mind that there are 10 to 15 other lines running along the same path.
Everything has been quiet lately. I think it is because of the "Peace Talks". The only action is patrols and artillery. I'm only thankful I don't have to go on patrols. That's really something to sweat about.
You keep asking about the watch. As I said before, I'm wearing it. I need it.
Today is "Good Friday". But for the calendar I wouldn't know it.
Don't worry about the rest of the family writing. I don't need their letters if I have to twist their arm.
I have to relieve a man at the switchboard in a few minute -- sorry, but the only thing I can send you are wishes for a Happy Birthday and many more.
I received a letter from you forwarded from Kansas City. Mo.
I'll write again first chance I get. Till then, I'm hoping you have a Happy Easter. Keep cool.