29 Feb 44
Well I weathered the train trip O.K. After this war is over I don't ever care to ride a train again.
We are all restricted to camp all week. This is a student pool + we will be processed all week before starting to school. We are to be career gunners - that is to say - when we finish our gunnery school we will not be able to go to any other school such as radio, mechanic etc. We will upon completion to go a coast base + be put into a combat crew to practice additionally before shipping across.
I'm afraid the moving business is out of the question - the school is only 6 wks duration + it involves most of the day till late night + also a lot of night work. They have advised us all not to go to town as all you can do is drink or gamble + they're not kidding. I looked it over when I arrived. Had to wait 3 hours for a truck to [camp?]. We could never afford to begin to pay the living costs in that town.
Now the good news. We will be given upon completion of school a 15 day delay en route plus about 4 days traveling time before we have to report to the coast base. So - I'll have 15 days at home with you. Be prepared to really go to [illegible] this time. An overdue honeymoon we'll say-