Why Rednecks Make Good Soldiers



Dear Ma & Pa,
Am well. Hope you are. Tell brother Walt & Brother
Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man
Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before maybe
all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you got to stay in
bed till nearly 6 a.m., but am getting so I like to
sleep late. Tell Walt & Elmer all you do before
breakfast is smooth your cot and shine some things.
No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to
split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, they git
warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit
juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc.., But kind of weak
on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie,
and Other regular food. But tell Walt & Elmer you can
always sit between two city boys that live on coffee.
Their food plus yours holds you till
Noon, when you get fed again.
It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We
go on "route" marches, which the Platoon Sergeant
says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it is
not my place to tell him different. A "route march"
is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the
city guys gets sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The country is nice, but awful flat. The Sergeant
is like a schoolteacher. He nags some. The Capt. is
like the school board. Majors & Colonels just ride around
& frown. They don't bother you none.
This next will kill Walt & Elmer with laughing. I
keep getting Medals for shooting. I don't know why.
The bulls-eye is near as big as a Chipmunk and don't
move. And it ain't shooting back at you, like the
Higgett Boys at home.
All you got to do is to lay there all comfortable
and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges.
They come in boxes.
Be sure to tell Walt & Elmer to hurry & join
before other fellers Get into this setup & come stampeding
Your loving daughter,
Emma Lou

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