March 5, 1968. Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia

Hi Beautiful!

Here’s hoping I have time to write a few lines now.  You never know until you try I guess.  So I’ll try.

Our warm weather ended as of yesterday.  Since then it’s been rain and sleet all the time.  This afternoon, though, the Sun sneaked out for a few minutes.  There was a great big bright rainbow out and it looked like it ended right at the base of the flag on the parade field.  Man was that beautiful!  I would have given anything to have a camera.

We’ve been hearing for the last couple of days that seven of the guys from “D” Co. are in the hospital with spinal meningitis.  This could just be a rumor, but most guys here are inclined to believe it.  A couple of guys from our platoon are in the hospital too, but we don’t know what the deal is with them.

Some guys figured out today that we only have 1080 days left in the service.  Really makes it seem short, doesn’t it?  Hell NO!  But we’ve only got 46 more days of boot camp.  Some guys are even counting hours and minutes.

There’s a little black bastard named “Ace” Sanders trying to get me in a poker game.  He’s been bugging me for the last three days, so I guess I’ll try a few hands tonight.  More later, okay?

Back again — I didn’t play too long.  I figured I had better things to do.

I still haven’t been able to get your mail.  I’ve run all over this damn place, but nobody will do anything about it.  They say I’ll just have to wait until the Army finds me.  I wish they’d hurry up.  It’s been over two weeks now since I’ve had any contact with you at all.  It’s beginning to drive me buggy.

I’ll finish this tomorrow, hon.  I’m going to flop for a while before lights out, because I’ve got a fire watch tonight.  Good night, honey.

Back again, but this has got to be quick.  It’s after 11:00 and I’ve got to get up at 4:00.

I got a letter from you today!  With pictures yet.  I’ll bet every guy in the platoon has seen them by now.  You don’t know how glad I was to get that.

I got promoted to squad leader today.  I’m a corporal now, for training purposes.  I knew I’d have more work, but I didn’t realize how much more.  I’m finding out fast.  Hope I can do a good job.  It helps for real promotions later.

I’ve got to go now.  I haven’t had a chance to write the folks about calling Saturday night, so you let them know, if you get this in time, okay?  And be sure you’re there.  You’re the one I really want to talk to.

Love you always,

J.

P.S. I showed some of the guys that card, too.  They really got a kick out of it.

P.S.S. – ARMLH = Army Mail, Rush Like Hell

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