|Letter to Mom and Dad [Easter Sunday 1953]
Pvt. E. L. Pierzchalski US55263754
Hqtrs.Btry. 48 F.A.Bn.
Easter Sunday 1953
Dear Mom and Dad,
Repaired the line to O.P. 35 yesterday morning. Spent this afternoon and part of the night laying a "Hot Loop" line to OP 34 and OP 39. The rest of the night we were on OP 37's line. We expected trouble from the Chinese so all the lines had to be in. We have three lines to each OP, 2 directs and an emergency. The MLR was quite a sight last night. As I said, they expected trouble so the whole front was illuminated with search lights (Operation Moon Beam) and flares. A few chinks were sighted but nothing big happened. We had a tough time with a lines last night. It is one of the lines in a cable belonging to the infantry. We had to trace it down by hand. That's difficult because there are nearly 20 other lines in the same cable bound together about every 50 feet. We spent the whole night out there and couldn't find the trouble. We'll get it today though.
My buddy and I got a good scare yesterday afternoon. We were laying a line at the side of the road near the top of the hill. I heard a swishing, whistling sound so I yelled for him to hit the ground. As I lay there the sound came closer and closer. I thought it was an artillery round. It kept swishing, still closer and I thought, if it don't land soon, it's going to hit me right in the head. I got curious and looked up and saw that it was a jet plane. What a relief!! I wasn't the only one who was fooled. Everyone else in the whole area thought the same as I did. It took quite some time to get over it. I'm still shaking a little.
In spite of this I'd rather be in Liaison that back in the battery with the radio section.
Well, today is Easter Sunday. How does St. Andrew's look? Has it been beautified?
The weather was pleasant yesterday and it looks like another fine day today. It gets chilly at night but I guess that can be expected this time of the year.
I haven't had a chance to send any money home yet. We haven/t been able to get hold of any money orders. We expect to shortly. I'm mailing you $175. I'll tell you when I mail it. You be sure to let me know when you receive it. OK?
My buddy Al Neve (from Hammond) is going to start receiving the Hammond Times in a short time. Of course, he'll save them for me. When I come off the line or get a chance to get back, he'll give the old papers to me. Believe me, that's a good deal.
We got a radio working a few days ago. So I've heard some music, but I think the guy who owns it is going to sell it to someone in the infantry. We change the plug on the radio to fit into batteries. They don't last too long or sound too good, but we can get plenty of batteries.
I'm sorry I can't send any gifts. There are no places to buy anything. I can't even buy myself a pencil. I'm using a borrowed pen now.
well, that's about it for now. I know there isn't much to these letters but what happens here is the only thing I know of. Isn't what's happening here what you're interested in?
I'll write again the first chance.