Training in the USA
July, 1943 - April, 1944
Letters from Theodore Katz
Ted's first letters to Helen are postmarked in Leesville, Louisiana in July of 1943. He is stationed in Camp Polk, rather than at Fort Meade, where he had expected to go. He was able to visit New Orleans in August, and he had a 3-day furlough in October, which he used to travel to visit his parents in Syracuse, New York.
In January 1944, Ted is now at Camp Forrest in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He is training often outdoors in bivouacs (temporary camps without cover), doing maneuvers he cannot tell Helen about. In April, Ted knows he will be heading to Europe, and the first stop on that journey will be going to New Jersey.