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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:05 PM

A letter from a Farm Kid who joined the USMC, and is now at recruit training in San Diego


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 before 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 that is not so bad, there's plenty of warm water for everyone. 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 they can always sit by a couple of those 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 folks 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 wrestle 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 easy-peasey setup and come stampeding in.




Your loving daughter,
Alice

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Reply A letter from a Farm Kid who joined the USMC, and is now at recruit training in San Diego (Original post)
MADem Feb 2013 OP
kdmorris Feb 2013 #1
SwissTony Feb 2013 #2
ConcernedCanuk Mar 2013 #3
47of74 Mar 2013 #4
MADem Mar 2013 #5
oldandhappy Mar 2013 #6
MADem Mar 2013 #7
ConcernedCanuk Mar 2013 #8

Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:58 PM

1. ROFL n/t

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:29 AM

2. I thought it was pretty cute until I read the last two lines.

Then it became outright ROFL!!!!

Great post, my friend.

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 09:47 PM

3. OH yeah - - Laughing out loud alright

 


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was already gonna reply

but the

"Your loving daughter,
Alice "

at the end was a killer

still chuckling



good one

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 11:26 AM

4. LOL, AWESOME!

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 12:44 PM

5. It's an old concept...but this one, I thought, was really well done! nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 03:58 AM

6. Pretty cute

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 09:24 PM

7. I never get tired of it! nt

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Response to MADem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:25 AM

8. "Your loving daughter, Alice " - LOL

 

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just my way to give this a well deserved kick!

Some say laughter is the best medicine.

This works for me!

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