• Flea Market Love Letters

May 25, 1943.




Dear Family:

Arrived safely, have been riding the train 7 hrs. I went to a dance the same night. Went to bed about 11 P.M. got up at 5 A.M. Ate breakfast at 7 A.M. and it was very good. But you have to eat it fast, so that the next group can eat. From 9 to 12 am we took the I.Q. test and got shots in our arms.

We then got an interview about what we would like to get into. We got all our summer and winter clothes. There put into duffle backs and placed by your bed. All the clothes weigh about 100 lbs. And we had to carry to all over.

There’s entertainment every night, after your through you are usually done about 7:30 and your free till 11:00.

Don’t get mad if I don’t write, because I’m so busy getting my equipment. I’m going on K.P. in the morning, have to get up at 3 am. These Papers enclosed are Bonds papers. They are taking 12 dollars a pay for bonds, and there sent to you. Don’t write, because I think I’m leaving in a few days. Joe is swell, and he said hello. But we still miss home.

Say hello to the neighbors, and tell them I’ll write as soon as I am shipped.


How is Grandma, tell her I’m fine and not to worry. Say hello, to Pa and Uncle Joe and when I’m settled I’ll send for what I want.


We were going to town in Columbus but our arms were hurting us and it was pretty late. Don’t worry, me and Joe are allright. Tell Joe, not to spoil my clothes. Did Jimmy give back my clothes? If he didn’t I’ll write to him and let him know.


Love to all,

Your Nicky

Pvt. Ranny


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