From: Pvt. H.J. Lederman 16121216 Co K-342st Inf A.P.O. 450Camp Livingston, LA
To: Mr & Mrs. Ben Lederman 923 N. Leavitt St. Chicago Ill.
July 19, 1944
Dear Mother & Father,
We're beginning to prepare our equiptment for going out in the field August 1. I'll be out there for nearly a month, and I will be unable to write letters regularly.
Yesterday had a change in our present training. We ran several problems using mechanical tanks for support. I rode on these tanks.
It seems that we're definitely going to change camps when we come back to camp Livingston. All rumors point north. They say that were going to camp Adelberry in Indiana. This is about 100 miles from Chicago. I won't be getting my fourloge teh middle of August because all foulog has been cancelled starting Aug. 17. This is os that all the men will be together when we transfer.
How's ever thing at home. How's Gerties Leo & Harold? How is Dina & Wilbur? Have you heard anything about Ray, Billy, Johnny, Roma or Sammy? Have any of them been home on furlough?
This is the day after the day that I've come in from the field. In the last week I've walked over 100 miles. My arches seemed to have fallen two inches, but I guess its my imagination. We were neer able t ger mor than 3 hours sleep a night. During the day we were supposed to dig fox holes and stand gaurd. I was able to get out of digging foxholes and standing gaurd by volunteering for cooking. There were 3 of us cooks and, you can imagine, we had plenty of food.
July 31 I leave Camp Livingston for divisional services. This is a preliminary step before maneuvers. It will last till Aug. 28. It will take place in Louisiana. I'll probably return to Livingston,but I don't know what will do after that.
The temperature around here is always 100. Sometimes it goes as high as 110. I guess when I get back home I'll really look tan. Around here no one notices our tan's because everyone is very brown. We have to take salt tablets all the time because of the heat.
Please send me my two sun tan caps. I only have one and it is very dirty. Will write again, very soon.
I don't think it was necessary to write to the Chaplain. I've met with him several times already. He hasn't sent for me yet, but I expect him to momentarily.
Last Sunday I was out on a picnic sponsored by a Jewish Temple in Alexandria-the town close to my camp. It wasn't much as picnics go, but they served us as much ice cold watermelon as we could eat. Boy! You should of seen me dig in.
I'm glad to hear that Leo is making money. However, I should think, that because of the labor shortage he should make more money. But I suppose you're grateful for him first to work. I don't know whether Leo intends to work all summer. If he does, I would discourage it if I were you. He's still youn and has an entire lifetime to work.
Beginning Friday after noon I'll be out in the field for 6 days, if possible I'll write. Lately we've been having a lot of field work. I dislike it because we get so dirty and always are bitten by mosquitos and the insects.