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24 February1943
exact date of 24 of February 1943
day of the month 24 February 1943
calendar day - 02 of February year - 1943
month of Februarydecade of the 1940s.
1900s century

To: Mrs H.K. Beyer
124 2nd Ave. West Reading, Pa.

From: Private H.K. Beyer 13178657 Sqdn 1128 T.S.S lighter 602,
Miami Beach, Florida.


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The days seem like weeks here Its only Tuesday but it seems like Thursday or Friday Itsreally getting tough now and the upper classmen are continually after us about anything in general They barge in at anytime at all and get us at attention or make us "brace" thats an exaggerated attention where you practically break yourself in half Another stunt is to make you answer several questions at very rapid fire and thats tough Heres a sample He asks you what your serial number is and heres what you must say "Sir my army serial number is Sir" or "My name Sir is Mister Beyer Herbert K Sir" or "Sir my home town is over

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Royersford in Montgomery County Pennsylvania Sir" or they may ask you whom is the best soldier in the US Army Heres the answer "Sir the best soldier in the United States Army is I Sir" Why "Sir because I can properly follow orders Sir" One little misplaced word and off they go they really make a fool out of you and you just have to stand there and say yes Sir yes Sir no Sir no excuse Sir etc etc

We got a lot of our equipment clothing etc today Today mind you I was thankful many times already that I have such a wonderful wife I had enough clothing to last me till we got our GI that means Govt Issue

If you could only see me darling my GI haircut Its simply terrifying My hair line is about two inches above my ears and straight around my head The length of my hair is about inch so

Take a short break with our 1 minute survey, simple questions that are an enjoyable distraction.

just imagine me darling Enclosed youll find a few choice curls that I picked up after the "purge"

So far weve had a personal interview with a second Louie lieutenant about what we did in civilian life We had to approach him properly with a salute and also address him as Sir Every thing we do take hours and hours of waiting in line even for mess My feet are really taking a beating they getting used so much

So far weve had no free time at all however I have heard from reliable sources that we will get hours on Sunday nite if we behave that is every Sunday nite Ive also heard that we will move out of here into preflight School in twenty days and may

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sent anywhere at all So far I know married men in our Squadron of men and they are collecting the same information I am and for the same reasons It all looks pretty hopeless though because there are no civilians living at the post and only those having special passes are allowed on Miami Beach The city of Miami is about five miles west so figure it out for yourself

Well my dear I write again tomorrow and tell you all about the clothing and how it fits thats real

I miss you very much and keep dreaming about you whenever we get a rest and at nite darling I simply cant wait till I get your picture and some letters Bye Bye now dearest Be good I couldnt be anything else

Your loving Husband

PS regards to the folks and Marilyn

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