Category Archives: Maxwell Field, Alabama

Dec. 4, 1943: Shove Off from Here

December 4, 1943 EnvelopeDec. 4, 1943

MAXWELL FIELD

ALABAMA

 

Dear Mom & Dad

There’s another nite before I shove off from here. My baggage is all ready gone & so will I, by tomorrow morning.

Stone sure had his share of luck didn’t he? Bill didn’t seem to do too good. Guess probably he’ll have to have to tie a weight on the end of that gun barrel to steady it.

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Dec. 1, 1943: Got One Letter

December 1, 1943 EnvelopeDec. 1, 1943

MAXWELL FIELD

ALABAMA

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

Nice weather we’re having isn’t it. In other words, I’ve been back here one week now & have received one letter. That lone one I got from you folks. It makes a guy feel very happy.

Have found out where I’m going, McBride, Missouri. Wherever in Missouri that is. From now, you’ve got to show me, I’m from Missouri.

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Nov. 28, 1943: No Mail At All

November 28, 1943 EnvelopeNov. 28, 1943

MAXWELL FIELD

ALABAMA

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

Just another note tonite to let you know how things are going. No mail at all yet, but should get some tomorrow.

Still haven’t done any work yet but it wasn’t their fault. We had to dig a ditch out in the country, so as soon as the truck stopped Arny & I & a couple of other guys hit the dirt on the run & hid in the tall grass. Made me a bed & slept there till it was time to come back. Don’t worry nobody cared.

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Nov. 25, 1943: Back in the South

November 25, 1943 EnvelopeNov. 25, 1943

MAXWELL FIELD

ALABAMA

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

Here ah is, back down in the south again. Got in last nite about 8:30 plenty of time. Didn’t come into camp till later though for we, meaning Arny & I, had to take a couple of girls we met on the train out to a “Dutch” dinner.

It was kind of a long hard trip, that cussed train stopped at every cross road from Cincinnati on down & I’m not kidding. I don’t think we ever did make over 5 miles at a time.

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Nov. 7, 1943: Last Time You’ll Hear

November 7, 1943 EnvelopeNov. 7, 1943

MAXWELL FIELD

ALABAMA

 

Dear Mom & Dad,

This will likely be the last time you’ll hear from me unless I get a letter from you tomorrow.

Here is what I know now. We had a meeting again yesterday & were told that the furloughs were to be given out alphabetically; I guess you know where that puts me. They’ve changed that last day stuff now, so I’ll likely leave here on the 5:30 train this coming Thurs. morning & will get in Detroit about 6:30 Fri. morning. I won’t have to be back till midnite of the 24th. That will give me 14 days. My furlough actually ends at midnite of the 23rd but we’re allowed an extra day & believe me I’m going to take advantage of it. I can catch a train out of Detroit at 3 PM on the 23rd which will get me back here at 5:30 PM of the 24th. That will give me 6 1/2 hours leeway. We are really getting gypped on this furlough. We were supposed to have left the 5th & have gotten 21 days. In fact headquarters had thought we were gone & had canceled our rations, so we have been living on about half rations. We went down to the mess hall Fri. nite & they only had food for 60 & there were 600 of us. They let most of them go on open post immediately then.

The guy that held us up was Major Bane, Commandant of Cadets. He didn’t even let headquarters know. You can imagine what the boys think of him.

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