Mid-week Letter!

Spring has sprung!
Spring has sprung!

With a little time on his hands on a week-day morning in April, Lester scrawls a note home to the folks. Post mark on the envelope is 8 PM on April 1, 1942. Dearborn, Michigan.


Wednesday morning


Dear Folks,

What are you doing?

It’s the same routine for me.  We had fire drill last night a little after nine.  I had just gotten in my hammock & was very comfortable when the bugle blew.  I put on my trousers, shoes & a coat & went to my station.  All of us have a certain job to do in case of a fire.  There wasn’t any fire but we went thru the actions just as though there was a fire.

Another of Mr. Ford’s ships has just pulled out this morning.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are only about three ships left.

Our barracks cleaning details have been changed.  I have been washing doors but I am on the deck crew now.  We steel-wool, wax & polish the decks.

We are going to put on a parade in Detroit next Monday.  I don’t know if I will be in it or not but I suppose I will be.  Monday is Army day and the Navy is putting on the parade for them.

Postal card from the U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill. 1941
Postal card from the U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill. 1941

We are having special services for Easter on Sunday.  I am supposed to get liberty but I don’t know yet what I will do.  A friend has asked me to go home with him if we get a 72 hour liberty which we probably won’t.  In fact, I have two invitations for the week-end.  I don’t suppose I will get to take either of them.

Today is April Fool’s day.  Did any of you get caught?  I haven’t yet but the day is still young.

Time to go to school so must close.  Will try to write more next time.

Love to all







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