[StBernard] Southern Farm Kid Joins The Marines

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Mon Aug 3 08:28:51 EDT 2009

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the
Marine Corps
beats working for old man Minch by a mile.. Tell them to join up
quick before
all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6
a.m. But I
am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do
breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to
slop, feed to
pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs,
bacon, etc.,
but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie
and other
regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two
city boys
that live on coffee.Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon
when you get
fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long
walks to
harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different.
A 'route
march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys
get sore
feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is
like the
school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown.They
don't bother
you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.I keep getting
medals for
shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a
chipmunk head and
don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at
home. All you
got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even
load your own
cartridges they come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to
with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break
real easy. It
ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best
they got in
this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only
beat him once.
He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds
and he's 6'8'
and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other
fellers get onto
this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,

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