Friday, January 23, 2009

Letter 6- October 21, 1943

October 21, 1943
(Camp Abbot, Oregon)

Dear folks,

I’m still in the hospital, but yesterday the doctor gave me a full medical examination and said that I was O.K. Even so it’ll probably take weeks for me to get out due to the red tape.

It’s snowing here and it seems as if we’re going to have a tough winter. There’s a rumor going around that Camp Abbot will close up during the winter and the 4th. Engineers will go down to California. It’s still just a rumor, but it’s pretty logical since there will be so much snow and cold that training will be limited. Already there are a lot of fellows in the hospital with arthritis and cracked skin on their feet. (Hold it. I’ve got to go and scrub the walls) So it seems that if we move out we might go somewhere near home.

As soon as I can manage it I’m going to get some engineer insignia of some sort and send it home. Some of it is not exactly G.I. and so it can be worn by civilians. They have some little Engineer turrets that make swell jewelry for women’s dresses.

Just now it’s beginning to snow really hard outside. I can see myself already shoveling snow off the roof of the hospital.

So far I haven’t received any mail. Write soon. I’ll write again tomorrow if I have the time. Oh, another thing, they say that during the first 2 weeks a guy doesn’t have time to crap much less write, so don’t be surprised if for a while the letters are few and far between. Write soon.



P.S. I think I’m still in A.S.T.P.


  1. Hello Greg,

    As you know, I'm a Civil War buff, but I'm also enjoying your father's letters from WWII. It's all a vital part of our American history. Please accept my best wishes for successful blogging.



  2. David,
    Thanks for the encouragement. Whether it's the Civil War or WWII the letters are the key. I feel blessed to be able to share these great letter on my 2 blogs.


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