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Letter to Mom and Dad [March 11, 1953]

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

March 11, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

It's 6:15 a.m. This morning when I woke up I was soaked. Here is a picture of what it was [picture showing cot with a couple inches of water in it]. It's a combination of rain and sleet now.

There are only 2 CW operators now so yesterday I was on from 2 a.m. - 6 a.m., 12 noon - 6 p.m., 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. and now from 6 a.m. till noon. Between these shifts I drive or work on details so you can see that I'm pretty busy.

This is the third straight day of ceaseless rain.

I'll add more to this letter later. I have a hunch that says I'll get a letter from you today.

It's 11 a.m. It's been snowing for approximately 3 hours. We have some fairly deep snow already and it doesn't look like it's going to let up.

I hope someone goes down to see if there's any mail at 11:30. I'll find out in due time. Till then—

It's 8 p.m. now. All afternoon I've been climbing hills. The snow melted so we have more mud, and it is deep. Guess what they had me doing this afternoon - laying wire. It's quite a job.

We went out at 10 o'clock and just got back. I'm tired and it turned cold. I slipped and fell so many times going up the hill that I was soaked. My cold is worse. The trouble around here is that I can't get any sleep. The men I'm with aren't much to talk about. They don't do anything without help and I'm that help. I don't work with them, I work for them. This is the first place I've been in where I didn't like the men I was with. They could be sitting in a truck and they'd get me out of bed to start it for them. They'll go too far one time and someone is going to be hurting! Not me.

I received your letter of March 2 just a few minutes ago. I can't understand what's holding up all the other letters that you wrote. I didn't hear about Father Ed until now. So if you get my letter of March 9, never mind my asking you about it. It really was a surprise to me. You see it wasn't but 3 days ago that I wrote him a letter. I promised him when I left that I would. I wonder what will happen to it.

I'm curious to know what girl would write to me.

So you've got a puppy, huh? Think you'll keep him? By the time I get home he'd probably bite me when I tried to get in.

The mail didn't catch up. So far I got 3 letters -- 2 from you (Feb 24)+(Mar 2) and 1 from Loretta (Mar 3).

Where is Uncle buried?

If I can ever get my clothes and my bed dry! I may be able to get about 3 hours of sleep.

Keep writing and send some clippings from the papers. I won't need any stationery for a while. I'll let you know when I need it. Thanks for all that you sent.

P.S. I still want those photos! Ed



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