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Letter from boot camp
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~Lenore    Posted 10-29-2003 at 15:26:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some may have seen this before, but others might enjoy it. It is a letter home from a country kid in boot camp. I liked it.


Dear Ma and Pa:

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

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m., but 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. Th eir food plus yours holds you till 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 is not my place to tell him different. A "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 country is nice, but awful flat. The Sergeant is like a schoolteacher. He nags some. The Capt. 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. He joined up the same time as me. But I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and weighs 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,


Les    Posted 10-29-2003 at 17:26:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always heard that them West Coast "Hollywood" Marines had it easy. There ain't but one Parris Island.

Dave Smith    Posted 10-29-2003 at 17:25:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good one
Dave <*)))><

Charles(Mo)    Posted 10-29-2003 at 15:46:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Lenore. Betty (my wife)and I enjoyed it very much. We needed the laugh. Makes me proud to be Country American.


Maggie/TX    Posted 10-29-2003 at 16:58:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Lenore! I'm going to copy this to email to Marie. She has access to computers where she is in Pensacola. She is doing just great there. Took a test for to be able to get liberty where she can wear civilian clothes and was one of two folks in the class to make a perfect score.

She said the only part of boot camp that was really hard was the second week of it, after they got everybody's medical worked up to see if they were healthy enough to take it. She's in school for AV-T, which I gather is aviation technician. Said she'll be there for quite a while and can take her test for E-4 in May.

~Lenore    Posted 10-29-2003 at 22:37:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
She is doing great, Maggie, tell her "Hi" for me.

TKK's boy said the hardest part of boot camp was the "goof offs" and trouble makers; they made life harder for the others. He enjoyed the physical challenges, I guess that was because of his athletics background. He excelled in all of that, did good on his tests too. I sure do miss getting to watch him in football and track. It just does not feel like football season without those Friday night road trips to watch high school games!

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