Friday, January 9, 2009
About Letter 2
Following induction at Ft. MacArthur Bill Taylor, Jr. takes a Southern Pacific train from Union Station in Los Angeles to Camp Abbot, located on the high plateau of Eastern Oregon. In a writing style that displays a keen eye of observation and a healthy dose of sarcasm, he notes "eating .15c Southern Pacific Railroad meals which happen to cost the army $1.00 apiece." After making a reference to the poem "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling, he repeats a theme that will follow him throughout his military travels when he exclaims, "what a hole" in reference to his new home.