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Letter to Mom and Dad [February 12, 1953]

Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Prov. SE No 413
APO 613 % Postmaster
San Francisco, Calif

February 12, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

We got off the boat at Pusan. We traveled all the way across Korea through Seoul and on to Chonchon where we are at now, in a replacement company. We'll stay here for 2 days. (we are 60 miles behind the front). From here we'll report to a Regiment for a week of training. From there, we'll go to the front line. It's cold here but we've got enough clothes. We're wearing shoepaks to keep our feet warm. Later on I'll get Thermal-Boots. They're good.

There wasn't much to see in Korea. Most of the buildings and bridges are down.

My buddy, Al Neve from Hammond (The one I hitchhiked home with) is still with me.

Right now I'm in charge of our tent. I have to guard it while the men are out. We're about 50 yards from an air strip. All day long planes are leaving.

We got paid $50 at Fort Lawton and then $20 at Camp Drake. I'd be broke now but I played cards twice. I won $24 at the pier and $28 on the boat. Everyone else is broke.

I just mailed the letter that I wrote on the boat.

I can't write much because nothing has happened. My mail hasn't caught up with me yet. I hope it will soon



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