Training in the USA
June 27, 1943
Letters from Harold J. Dahl
Ft. Gen. G. Meade, Md.
Dear Mom & Lou,
The weather made me decide to stay in camp this weekend - it is brutally hot and I was all in from a Battalion bivouac on Thursday [6/24/43] & Friday [6/25/43]. We went to a chigger-infested spot down along the Chesapeake Bay where we did manage to go swimming twice but which afforded a total of only 2 hours sleep for Lt. Slamon and a crew of picked men which included me. We had to rig up booby traps in a mine field and then the next day had to take up a field laid by another crew & rigged up with boobies. (We use fire crackers).
Just now I am at the Post Field House waiting for the start of Helen Hayes in “Harriet”. I just noticed Anne Gibson sitting a couple of rows ahead of us. I’m pouring sweat out of me like a cloudburst.
The coffee cakes arrived today - I’m saving one for tomorrow when we go on another march and bivouac. Thanks very much.
I can’t get much in this letter - there is little to tell & so I’ll let it got until Tue. or Wed. night at the bivouac. [6/29, 6/30/43]