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Letter to Mom and Dad [March 14,1953]

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

March 14,1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

It's 7 a.m. now. It's cold again. I had a difficult time keeping my feet warm while on guard duty last night. My post was about 1/2 mile from here. I was on a road. I had to stop all traffic and inspect trip tickets. I'm not allowed to let Koreans in unless they're with "GI's". Last nights pass word was "Chicago White Sox". It was pretty quiet out there. It was too dark to see anything so all I could do was listen. This is what I heard; and (sic) owl, a stream, the rumble of big guns, artillery shells swishing overhead, and in the distance, there was a lone machine gun rattle. I stood guard from 8 - 10 and from 2 - 4. I still have to stand guard at the gate from noon till 2 p.m. today. I only stopped one vehicle last night.

It's 10:30 p.m. now. This afternoon we spent filling in holes in the road with stones. We got the stones from a river bed. How? This is the "modern army", we did it by hand. They were small stones too. We picked them up and threw them into a 2 1/2 ton truck, drove them here and filled the deep holes in the road caused by spinning tires in mud.

They came in with two big handfuls of mail for our bunker but—none were mine. Still the only ones from you were Feb. 27—Mar. 2.

My buddy heard last night that his father was very sick and that he was needed at home. He was supposed to get a hardship discharge in a month or so. Today a man from the Red Cross told him that his father died. I felt sorry for him. All he can do it sit down and think about it. He really must feel miserable.

We had a little more rain and snow tonight. I wonder if there is a spring in Korea.

When the baseball season starts please send me everyday's scores. I want to make a chart and keep track of the whole season.

When and if they pay me at the end of this month, I'll get an Income Tax withholding slip for 1952. I'll mail it right away. When you receive it, please send it in with the one from American Steel. If I get a return let me know how much and save it for me.

That's about all for now, except that I miss all of you very, very much.



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