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Beany August 15th, 1943

US Army Convoy

US Army Convoy

“Dear J&J,

We are rushing to get packed up and are soon ready to leave. I’ll write when we get there and send the new address. I’ll be plenty happy to leave this place. I don’t know if I’ll get a leave or not but I will try to see you if I do.

Brother, Beany”

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Beany August 8th, 1943

Life On Maneuvers

Life On Maneuvers

“Dear Lovebirds,

Thanks for all that flattery Son, but I don’t think I’m as good a writer as that. In fact most of the time I have to rack my brains to fill two pages. This life is very uneventful and about the same things happen all the time so I perhaps have used repetition many times writing to you.

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Beany August 3rd, 1943

Mortar Setup, Desert Maneuvers

Mortar Setup, Desert Maneuvers

“Dear Jean and Jerry,

I just returned from another 6 day problem. My mortar section was attached to a rifle platoon that was being tested. We walked for six days and some nights and ate only ‘C’ rations (vile stuff). That should wind up our field work except for ordinary drill and we should leave in a week or two.

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Beany July 26th, 1943

Desert Training Center Camp

Desert Training Center Camp

“Dear Jean and Jerry,

I’m a little late again but most of my spare moments are spent trying to keep cool. It really is a scorcher here now- I honestly believe this is the hottest place in this country. As one fellow put it: If we are doomed to ever do it- we are now spending our hitch in hell and he’s not far wrong. Oh well, only a couple more weeks and then we should shove off.

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Beany July 18th, 1943

Desert Training Center California

Desert Training Center California

“Dear Jean and Jerry,

Well-we finally finished the old grind and are back in our base camp- we were up near death valley in Calif. and it was pretty rough. Water and food were scarce because of the long distances they had to be carried.

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