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Dear Mother & Dad,
Today was my first anniversary. One week ago today I left the infantry. Oh Happy Day! However I though it would be the simplest thing in the world to toss of the ways of an infantry man and settle down, more or less, to a steady comparatively safe job. It wasn't. I've been used to sleeping out in the open without any way of warming up. In the place I am now, I stay in a warm room practically day and night-getting out only to eat chow. I'm perfectly contented with this setup, but physical system can't take it. I've got a cold, not bad but bad enough to make me feel dopey.
A couple days ago we had a bit of excitement the other day. There was a fire in the building in which I live. It was the stable past. There wasn't any damage done to equipment but the building sure was destroyed.
I need a few thins that I wish you'd send me as soon as possible. I need a fountain pen-preferable an Eversharp. I also need a wrist watch of the shock proof variety. Both my fountain pen and wrist watch are broken. I also need a sleeveless woolen sweater-khaki colored.
As of this date I haven't received a letter from you. I realize the huge mail problem and I'm patiently waiting. Love, Harold.