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Letter to Mom and Dad [April 18, 1953]

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

April 18, 1953

Dear Mom and Dad,

Quite a bit has happened since I last wrote. As you probably read already in the papers, the Chinese have attacked our sector. They first attacked the night before last and tried again last night. Their attempts were futile. The first night they attacked they thought we had our troops on the Upper Alligator(I'm on the Lower), only we pulled our troops off. When they reached the Upper, it was empty. Since we didn't have to worry about our own men, we opened our artillery on them. They really suffered. Last night we spotted them moving along the river. We opened up with a full battalion of guns, then our mortars threw 400 rounds into them. If there were any Chinks there, they wish they weren't!

During the first attack all our lines were out and we had to go out to work on them, but last night our lines surprisingly stayed in. Porkchop Hill to our left was having trouble but everything is in control now.

It's quite a sight to watch. We shoot about 25 flares into the area and it's as bright as day. The flares are of assorted colors usually amber or green.

We've been waiting for this assault for nearly a week now. By the time you get this letter it should be well over. I hope they got plenty discouraged by now. In both attacks we haven't lost one man. Pray that this keeps up

I received two letters from you. I also received and memorized long ago the prayer you sent me.

It's 3 a.m. now. I'm pretty sleepy. I've had about 4 hours sleep in the last two days. I hope I'm able to get some sleep tomorrow. I will if Joe Chink doesn't get ambitious.

I like my job even though I'm scared and often worn out. Hundred of lives depend on we four men keeping up communications when we need it. At first I was jumpy but now I'm a little more settled down. The experience I'm getting is priceless.

The weather is still cold. I wonder if it ever gets warm here.

Well, I'm going to go now. I feel wonderful only sleepy.



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