<div align=left> <div align=right>October 24, 1943</div> Dear Margie<br> Suprises never cease as this letter will atest. It has been all of four months since I was home and said I would write to you. I never wrote but I will try to atone for my oversight now. How is the fair city of Ft Mitchell, at this time? Probably no fellows around but of course you would not be interested in them? Don't answer that question.<br> Things have happened here first since I was home and we do not fo for the idea at all. From a Company of three hundred and six men down to a platoon with only one hundred and six men is a large drop. We will have to get use to it for this will be our setup from here on until the end. They took alway all our vehicles and most of our equipment. Our work is now done by hands and feet. I get to the field we have to walk with full field pack and rifle. Our wire is transported by the Quartermaster Corps. When we get out in the field, we walk and carry the reels of wire as we lay out our wire net. In fact all our tavelling is done by foot now. The foot work has put many of us on the injured list and there will be many more before we get really accustomed to the new method. Two fellows got a transfer, one a C.D.D. or a Visibility Discharge and two fellows sustained brokern wrists. One fellow has an injured back and lockspine and myself have foot has a permenant injury that the Medics cannot patch-up or determine what the trouble is. They started to treat it for a fallen arch then switched to healing a March fracture. They have exhausted thin knowledges of treatments and have practically given up. The injured member is the one I always had trouble with and was hurting during baseball season. It never hurts so long as it now doing. It may never heal but I am still<br> </div>
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<div align=left> <center> ( 2 ) </center><br> on the job and will remain there until I drop. I am now on my second year of army life and it is not as bad as the first year was. One year and only ten days leave and no promise of any move. We are due to pull out of Caron sometime during the course of next month. We know we are leaving but we have had no impling as to where we mite go. After one year of life at Camp Carson Colorado, any change will be welcome. I am hoping to get south for the winter but one never knows where he will wind up. If we do leave here it will not be long until we take a boat ride for ports unknown. But that does not worry me in the least. This moving we to do will take up to manewver area for manewvers. That will determine whether we are going to get into action or be disappointed and have to stay and train some more. Starting tomorrow we have two weeks of Division manewvers. Just the 89th with no one else in the field so it is onlu more practice. That will take us through the first weeks of next month. What will we do between the end of 'D' Series and the time we pull out we don;t know. We probably will pack our equipment and take our time in doing it. That will give you all the details and happenings upto now. So I will close. Give my best regards to your mother.<br> <div align> As ever<br> Your friend<br> Johny<br> </div> </div>
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