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Letter to Mom and Dad [March 17, 1953]

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

March 17, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

It's 5:40 p.m. I spent the day digging ditches, I'm tired.

If you listen to the "Grand Old Opree", you probably heard of Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb. Well, yesterday I went to a U.S.O. show and saw Hank Snow And Ernest Tubb. They were good.

Today I received your letter of Thursday March 5. You can figure the time the mail takes by the postmarks on my mail. The only mail I haven't received yet are the ones sent to my old APO numbers.

I doubt if I could have come home for the funeral because when uncle died I was already on the boat. A telegram can't get me a leave, at least not for a long time. The fastest, easiest way is through our local Red Cross. They can do it in a matter of hours. It would take me days. If anything ever happens notify the Red Cross. Even if I can't get home at least I'll be informed. Please remember this!!!

I'll be waiting for your packages. I'll let you know when I receive them. $5.10 seems like too much money to me. I'd rather do without the cookies.

This letter did not contain any clippings of Andy Pierzchalski or any pictures. Maybe I'll get them later. Did you forget to put them in?

Ha!! Talk about Korean girls? I haven't seen a woman since I got off the boat and that was quite a distance. There are plenty of them in the rear areas but not this close to the front lines.

The sun was out today. I sure could have used my camera. Are you sending it. I can't buy one here. It's a critical item at the PX. When they get one in they have a drawing to see who can buy it. I could be here 10 years and never get one. If I did get the chance, who knows, the camera they have might cost $200. That's all for now. Say hello to everyone. How come you're the only one in the family that writes? If they want me to send them stationery let me know.

I'll never forget those who are writing to me.I don't see how I can possibly write each one individually. I would only be repeating myself by saying the same thing I write to you. But surely Ron, Don, Lois, Tom, Bob & even Dad wouldn't all repeat the same thing. After all, none of them do the same things. Hell, anyone with 4 brothers and 2 sisters shouldn't have to ask the clerk about mail. He should expect it. The way it is now I'm surprised when I get a letter. It's a shame.

I always told my buddies when I was waiting for the mail to "catch up". "I know I've got mail because my Mom has been writing she wouldn't forget" I was right. Hell, the rest of the guys here don't even know I got any brothers or sisters. As far as I'm concerned, I don't have any. I could almost cry when I think about it. Don didn't know he had a brother, but he knew I had a battery and some tires. I realize I'm no saint but damn it! I'm lonely and I need mail! It's the only connection I have with home.

Show them this letter. If they still feel independent, there's nothing I can do.

That's that. I'm going to sign off. I'll know in about 10 days if this letter was worth the time.

Your loving son


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