September 22, 1943
Dear Mom + Dad,
I just received your letter saying you haven’t heard from me, I don’t know what’s wrong. I sent an air mail letter Sunday.
I hope you excuse the writing as I have got a sore arm. Some insect (bug) of some sort bit me 3 times, but I guess it will be alright, the officer fixed it up for me he is just like a father to us guys. I’ve never met a better one yet.
Well, we got issued out patch today, it is a blue triangle. I have mine sewed on it and it looks real nice. If they give us anything else to put on our sleeve we will be weighed down.
Glad to know Bin and Marg are getting along well and I hope they get a job together.
Well, I hope Mildred is happy and she knows what she is doing. Write and let me know how Doreen is getting along, I hope she is not very bad.
So Pork is taking an NCO course? Well, I hope he gets his strips out of it. All our BDRs are on draft for overseas so maybe I might get a stripe. I am trying awful hard, but don’t say anything to anybody.
Mom, I hate to tell you this, but if I don’t get my furlough by the end of October, I am going to take it.
Well I can’t think of anything else to say, except write soon and if you have any spare change I could use it.
Lots of love,
[Shannan Note: Military Acronym Check
NCO Course – A non-commissioned officer, a member holding the rank of Sergeant or Corporal.
BDR –The rank of Bombardier.]