|Letter to Mom and Dad [February 15, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
February 15, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
Today is Sunday. I'm about 18 miles from the main line. I'll stay here till next Saturday. We're sleeping in tents now. I haven't washed since I left the boat. Just about all the water is frozen. My canteen water froze overnight. I thawed it out in the morning, and after putting up tents for a while I wanted a drink but it was frozen. I don't mind that but when I have to go to toilet, I have to use a trench. Let me tell you, when its 20 degrees below zero its mighty cold on a person's ass. Our mail hasn't caught up to us yet, but keep writing and send something to eat.
I have got some real good news!! I'm attached to the artillery. I'm going to the 48th Field Artillery Battalion. Whether its a good deal or not. It's better than the infantry. I don't know how far the artillery is from here, but I can hear them, and at night I can see the gun flashes in the sky.
This week is going to be spent taking basic training. It will be a short review of "How To Stay Alive In Korea".
Right now it's Saturday back there in Calumet City. It sure ain't the same!!
Are you still receiving my 25 dollar checks? I haven't been paid yet so I've been wondering. I don't need money, in fact I still have over $50. I won $14 dollars playing cards the other day
I'll write again later.