I received your letter today & was glad to hear from you. I got the letter on that expensive paper but I'll have to answer it when I get back. We are out on maneuvers now way down in California somewhere the 81st division. I won't get to write much while I'm out here but I will do the best I can. I haven't got much writing material with me. This is a hell of a life out here but that's the reason they have good men like me out here I guess. I am now laying on my pork hole writing I wont get to do the usual writing out and I'll write to everybody when I get back. I may get a furlough when I get back I hope.
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I hope we go to a POE from here but I do not if we will. I guess Charlie is getting about the same basic training I got. I hope they send him to this division when he gets his basic.
About my hoping I really got it. I fought a guy that was pretty good & carry a black eye for a week. I had bruises all over me from that fight but it was fun. Well this is a short letter but its the best I can do for now under those circumstances. Enemy planes are attacking so I'll be seeing you.
So long Joe
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