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Letter from Clarence Williams to Gretchen Williams, December 23, 1944

  Dearest Gretchen —

I will surely be glad when I can hear from you again as always it seems ages. Trying to write a letter on this train is like writing one on horse back. It was fortunate you did not come out to the service club the other nite as we were called out and marched back to the brks shortly after. The trip has been very pleasant so far except for foggy gloomy weather. We have standard pullmans which of course are very comfortable and especially nice with clean sheets every nite. Ha! We are eating from paper plates and wooden forks and spoons which also is so much handier and better than our mess gear. (For a moment we are stopped). I am still wondering what your pleasant surprise was that you mentioned over the phone but suppose I will just have to wait until I get your letter. I played some Gin Rummy with Sgt. Besosa tonite at ¼¢ per point. After all evening I won 65¢. Big gamblers Huh? Ha!

Well darling, I don’t have any more news at present so will close and write again tomorrow. Tell the Manns (Elsie) and the Wheatons hello.

All my love, Clarence.
  Pfc C. O. Williams 37738878 Co A - 122d Medical Bn APO 411 c/o Postmaster, New York, N. Y. Free Mrs. C. O. Williams 529 North 6th St. Muskogee, Oklahoma. Passed by US Army Examiner 50819 Lt William M Hurt[?]