|Letter to Mom and Dad [March 25, 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
March 25, 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
Day before yesterday we made a move. Later in the day they told my buddy and I to bring the CW truck back. It did not rain that day but still we had to have a winch and truck pull us up the hill through the deep mud. Now it's raining so damn hard we probably will have a hard time just walking. Well anyway, we moved back, just the two of us. We were to rejoin them today.
The "Chinks" made a "push" last night and got "Old Baldy". We lost one O.P. and one lieutenant. Because of this our other operators had to go up near there and act as radio relay. (I pity them in this rain). So with just the two of us here we sleep in the truck.
Old Baldy will be ours again in a few days though, if not now.
I think the rain is holding up the fighting. Our guns aren't firing now. The skies are dark. When something's up, the skies are all lit up with flares and air bursts. Right now it's 2:40 a.m. I'm on duty from 12:30 a.m. - 6:30. It's really hard to keep awake. The light is bad and after writing or reading a while my eyes burn so I have to quit. We took one of the headlights off the truck and hung it up with wire to the battery so we do have better lighting than anyone else. We burned the "dims" out, now we've got the "brights" burning.
I haven't received any mail for a few days. All of my back mail has caught up I'm sure. So I should get mail later today.
When I eat I go to the 49 th F.A. They serve beer with the supper. I expect the 48 th back today.
Back in the "States", with a truck like this all we would have to do would be to drive anywhere and just park and start sending and receiving off of our small antenna. But with so many hills, it's necessary to string an antenna from one hill to another and have a "lead in" wire to the truck.
After we put the antenna up I had to get land lines (telephone) to the truck. It was simple. I just laid a wire from the truck to a bunker about 100 yards away. They had a phone so I connected my wires to it. That's the way everything is now.
Now that we're "set up", everything should be the same as always, which is O.K. with me, because we don't have anyone to order us around all day long. With only two operators we can sleep in the morning (one of us). We don't have to pull guard duty. I wish it would stay like this but I know it will only last one or two more days.
So in spite of the weather I'm fine, but, dirty as hell. I haven't had a shower since Feb 18, and haven't changed clothes in a couple weeks. I haven't even taken them off for the last two days.
Tomorrow, I'll try to wash in one of the streams. I haven't any other clothes with me so it will be a couple more days till I change.I'll write again as soon as possible or when I get a letter to answer. Otherwise the news is always the same. There are times when things do happen and moves we make but I'm not allowed to write about them. (Some of our wiremen just came in now)
I'll sign off now. I have to start the truck in order to charge the battery.