Cliff March 30th, 1943

June 16

WWII Meat Rationing

WWII Meat Rationing

“Dear Jean & Jerry,

I’m late in answering this time- last week I only wrote two letters, one to Beany and one to the folks. I haven’t heard from Beany since he left Missouri so I expect he is real busy down there. I got a letter from home today- Mom wrote about Barney Hill dying and about Fred and Inga being at Appleton, etc. Gosh, he sure went awful sudden, didn’t he?

Well, Dad is soon going to work again. He said in today’s letter that he was tired of doing nothing. I hope that he gets along O.K. but I’m afraid the heat this summer will be hard on him.

Did I tell you that I received a V-mail from Lorne, too? It was dated the same as yours- it was sent home, they read it and sent it on to me. No doubt it was held up somewhere for a long time- probably where he is now.

Well, how does meat rationing work, Jerry? Is it much extra work for you fellows or not? We get meat everyday but the pork and beef seems to become more scarce right along. We get plenty of lamb (we call it goat) and I can’t eat the stuff. It seems like we’ve eaten all the sheep in the country but it keeps coming anyway. We can’t complain, though, because as a whole our food has been O.K.

We are going on our weekly bivouac again on Wednesday. Later on we are going to a place called Cripple Creek for about four days. It is an old deserted mining town and most of the buildings stand as they were in the old days. It is about fifty miles from here- should be an interesting outing.

The weather is perfect here now. Today was the warmest day we’ve had since last fall. It should be getting nice up there by now, too.

I sent Milly some make-up creams for her birthday. There were four in the set. I don’t remember now what they were for, but it was something she can always use. Gosh, our Tula is thirty years old now!

Well, I can’t say much about the army routine here because things don’t change very much. Rumor has it now that we will be here for quite a while yet. I believe there’s a lot of truth in it, too. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get another furlough from here this spring or summer- hope so! I’ve been back almost four months now and the 8th of April I’ll have one year in the army. Time marches on!

Well, it’s time to close again. I’ll be more prompt in answering next time. Is Dolores still home or has she been called?

Love,

Cliff”

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