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Farm Kid in the Army

NOW AT BASE BORDEN RECRUIT TRAINING

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and
Brother Elmer the Army beats working for old man Minch by a
mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed
till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late.
Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth
your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed
to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay.
Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's
warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like
fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on
chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other
regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by
the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food,
plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again.
It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon
sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he
thinks so, it's not my place to tell him
different. 'route march' is about as far as
to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and
we all ride back in trucks.

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a
lot. The Captain is like the school board.
Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They
don't bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with
laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting.
I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as
big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't
shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All
you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it.
You don't even load your own cartridges They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat
training. You get to wrestle with them city boys.
I have to be real careful though, they break real
easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at
home. I'm about the best they got in this except
for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once.
He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6'
and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join
before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,
Alice

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Laugh Laugh I love it! Thumbs up

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Hahaha I love this! It's really cool, I enjoyed reading it!

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Nice

neener! So funny. I was really reading it until the end. Very interesting. Then all of the sudden...

Hoping for more next time. Yes

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:=D>it's really funny Laugh

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