|Letter to Mom and Dad [February 22, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
February 22, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
Well, I'm back in the "CW" truck. It's 6 pm now I'm on until 10 tonight. I'm on a "Coldbar Team". We're supposed to check the "Coldbar Uniform". That's a plastic suit guaranteed against cold weather. It's about 3/8 inch thick. When wearing it, all a person need wear are his "T"-shirt and shorts. After I wear it for awhile, they want my opinion of it.
They also asked for volunteers for air-observation. That would be flying in a small plane over enemy lines and directing traffic. It's good if a person only has a short time left in Korea. It pays "flight pay" and combat pay and gives 4 points a month. I didn't volunteer because I have too much time left. In 9 months it's likely that I would be shot down. We lost one only 2 days ago. If "Joe Chink" ever decided to make a big push, those guys would catch hell.
I'll just be satisfied with 3 points a month. I didn't volunteer to get in this army. I'll let those who did do the rest of the volunteering too. When on the relay as I was yesterday, we should get 4 points per month because we're in a combat area. But because we're attached to the artillery they won't give us but 3 points.
In a few days we'll be moving in Corps reserve. We'll stay there for about a month. Then we'll move back up. Corps reserve is about 2 miles from where we are now.