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Fourth Bee-mail letter

Date: June 24,1943

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"Your letter came at a very appropriate time. I had just finished 16 hrs KP and I was all down and out..."

PFC Lewis Prather

Dear PC'uns:

From Camp Sibert, Alabama, Lt. Fred G. Allen has just written: "I suppose it's generally true that soldiers like to hear only good news but I like to know what's going on. I try to take the bad news as gracefully as possible, but remember, I don't like to have things kept from me."

Now for some direct quotes: 1st Lt. William P. Jacobs, III, Nashville, Tennessee: "Your June 9 communique reached me today, in spite of chiggers and mountaineers of Tennessee. ... I was almost captured yesterday. Being regimental Motor Officer it fell my unhappy lot to take the RED vehicles we had captured back to the exchange motor pool. It was quite a convoy of captured trucks, with an umpire riding at the head and me at the tail. The REDS didn't play fair and on the way back to the pool they left the umpire without his knowledge. Being at the tail, I was just following the column, and you can imagine my surprise when we ended up at the enemy's base camp. I wandered around their camp for a while, trying to get them to play the game fairly but none of the officers would listen so I had to give up all the vehicles we had captured, since there was only one of me and a whole camp of them. I gave up trying to get them back and strolled around, gleaning whatever information could be gotten. I suddenly realized that I was subject to being captured, grabbed a truck, and got the heck out of there."

PFC Lewis Prather, Amarillo, Texas: "Your letter came at a very appropriate time. I had just finished 16 hrs KP and I was all down and out. I had given up hopes of getting the news from PC. ... Until two weeks ago I hadn't been off government property for five months, except when I was on a train going someplace else.... I hope Professor Boyd gets stationed some place in Texas. The people are tops."

Cpl. Edward M. Selfe, Jr., Fort Benning, Georgia: "I am down here at Benning at OCS [Officer Candidate School] but I am in a different outfit from the rest of the PC boys. I am getting along fairly well, nothing outstanding. It's a peculiar sensation for me—not knowing whether I am going to graduate or not. You really earn your little bars down here.. .. Keep up the newsletters if you can spare the time and energy."

Lt. (j.g.) T.B. Brooks writes: ". . . It was like old times reading about all the boys. Will be waiting for another letter. ... I am pulling out again tomorrow, and it will be 40 or 50 days before I can write again. I can't say where I am going but I wish Maj. Dill B. Ellis (*37) were still out there for I would look him up. ... I hope they will leave a few women-folk free for us fellows who will have to wait.... Just wanted to let you know that I am on the move. Say hello to all for me. Sincerely, Tommie."

I believe I'll close with another spirit-lifter from good old Charlie: "I'm back again after getting another letter from you last week.... You may have noticed my new return address— and I don't mean the addition of the APO number. I still have a heckuva time getting used to being called CAP'N, and after somebody calls me that I usually look around for about five minutes to see who he's talking to. Promotion came last week. Father and twin bars doing splendidly, thank you.... Best wishes, Charlie." (Capt. Charles B. MacDonald, Camp Blanding, Florida).

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