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Letter to Mom and Dad [April 7, 1953]

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

April 7, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

I've answered all of your questions. You fail to realize that it takes around 10 days for your letter to get here and 10 more days for mine to return. You can't expect an answer for 20 or more days. Understand? O.K. That's that.

Don't worry about my clothes fitting. I'm working pretty hard now. Anyway, they'll probably starve me on the ship coming back.

I can't buy anything here. They never have anything. If they do get something everyone else wants it too.

How about sending Ted's picture or did you send it?

I got rid of my cold long ago. Here a cold doesn't last long. But it is easier to re-catch one. It's so cold and damp.

I'm disappointed that the box isn't mailed. You know it takes about 30 days to get here. If you put it off much longer, I'll be home before it gets here.

In a little while we go to work. Our line to OP 34 is shorted somewhere.

Everything has been quiet since the rumor of peace.

I worked on the switchboard last night. Our OP's spotted plenty of Chinese but after we fired a few rounds they scattered. We feel it was only a patrol that wandered too far.

I'm praying that they mean business at the peace talks this time. It would take longer for me to get home but I feel it would be well worth it.

I read in the papers where General Van Fleet is being questioned in Washington by a committee headed by some woman named Chase. Van Fleet is a very good, smart military man. How they can make him answer to some woman who doesn't know the first thing about military matters is beyond me.

I have to go to work now.



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