|Letter to Mom and Dad [May 30, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
May 30, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
It's 2:10 pm. There were some navy officers here this morning. They were touring. You'd be surprised if you saw them, all dolled up. Each had a pistol and more ammunition than I could carry in my jeep. They were watching one of our air strikes from one of our OP's.
I sent two photos. I didn't even know they were ready. The guy who took them said I couldn't have any. Today he came to me and gave them to me. It was taken about two weeks ago. We were outside the Post Exchange waiting for the guy who runs it. That's the day I bought the radio. Of course that one picture taken from the rear doesn't show much. I want you to save these and all others that I send.
I'm going to take our liaison officer somewhere in a few minutes. I'm just dropping a line to say I'm fine.
This morning the 1 st Battalion, 32 nd Inf. Reg. to which I'm attached, had a ceremony honoring her dead comrades since today is Memorial Day.
It started with a prayer by the Catholic Chaplain. Then Col Van Wade said a few words. This was followed by a reading of all the men in this regiment who gave their lives within the past year. First they read the names of all the Americans. Then an Ethiopian read the names of all the Ethiopian dead. This was followed by the R.O.K. representative's reading of all the Koreans. After a squad of riflemen fired a salute, they played Taps. It wasn't just ordinary Taps. They had two buglers. One would play while the other made an echoing sound.
Then they played the National Anthems of America, Ethiopia and The Republic of Korea. The ceremony was one of the most impressing sights I have witnessed.