04.01.1944 Letter

New York City, NY

Dear Helen and Wilson:

Well, I’ve finally been drafted. Yes, that’s the feeling I get now after being at Niagara so long. There’s quite a bit of confusion trying to get settled and organized, but they’ll do it eventually. I’m not doing anything at all except waiting around right now.

Eats are fine here. The coffee especially is tops. I thought we had good mess at Niagara, but this has it beat I believe.

Oh, I forgot to tell you where I am. Well, I can’t do it. I’m still on good ol Terra Firma of the U.S. and that’s about all I have to say about it.

I was on K.P. at Reynolds the day before we left, but was called off right after dinner to get ready. I washed more dishes there for two meals than I have in all the rest of my life, I believe. But it wasn’t bad except that I developed dishpan hands for a short time.

How is Mom coming along? I haven’t heard anything since I left. Let me know, will you.

Give my address to Willard and Grace and I will write to them later. Write V-Mail when you write. As you know, it’s a lot quicker.

That’s all I have for now.

Russell
New York City, NY

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