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Written by: Robert Sandell
Commentary by: Alex Sandell

Letter # 3

My grandpa's sketching of a pretty common event during the war

Camp Claiborne
Feb. 29th '43

Dear Mother -

A few words again to let you know that I'm still here & in good health. It's Sunday evening as I jot this down. Drizzling & wet outside at this time, as it has been thusly the last few days.

We've been going out on 2 & 3 day camping trips, known as setting up bivouacs. Hence, haven't had much time to write.

I got another touch of poison ivy. A lot of the fellows have it. Some of them have it pretty bad. But I got off light. It's practically gone now.

Ma, send a few snapshots of the folks around there. Send me that big family picture. You know, that one where I wrote the names on. That was taken a year ago last Thanksgiving.

Did you get that junk I sent home? Like I said before, I couldn't fit it all into my trunk, & we can't keep anything except certain equipment outside of the trunk. Some of that stuff I sent home could just as well have been thrown away, I guess. I could've saved some of the postage money that way, but it doesn't make any difference.

Well, Ma, I guess there isn't much else to say. I've dropped over to the chapel now & then on Sunday mornings. Quite a few guys go. They have Methodist, Baptist, Catholic & general Protestant services. Each Battalion has a chaplain. Each regiment or group of Battalions has a chapel.

Ma, don't worry about things here. We get quite a workout, but it isn't hurting us. I just like to "beef" a little in my letters. Don't pay too much attention to it.

I don't know yet about the chances of getting a furlough. But chances are good I'll get one. It depends on a lot of things. But the world situation is beginning to look better, so I got a hunch that our outfit probably never will go across!

Well, so long then, mother, I'll just continue to try my best & get along 'til this thing is over. Write soon.



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