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This is a letter home from a new Navy sailor at the United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge Maryland. The letter talks about the daily goings-on at boot camp.
This letter is different in that Clair Musser was killed and lost at sea on April 14th, 1945. Less than 90 days after this letter was writing. The USS Sigsbee destroyer was struck aft of her number five gun by a kamikaze suicide plane off the coast of Okinawa. He was one of twenty-three sailors killed in the attack.
Dear Mother, Dad, and Dale,
Almost another day in and I’m going to soon hit the sack. It seems a night goes so fast.
I was on ash can detail today and what a dirty job it was. We collected the ashes from around the barracks and loaded them away.
I washed clothing this evening and went to the canteen awhile and shot a few games of pool.
I haven’t received any mail from home yet I can’t understand it. I hope by tomorrow I get some.
I am going to hit the sack pretty soon I can hardly keep my eyes open any more. I was just wondering what Gert was doing now. Maybe to the show with her mother and dad. I Hope.
If I get liberty over the weekend I’ll probably be home about 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning. I just hope I get it once before I’m sent out. They say there’s a thousand men coming in and that’ll mean some sending out.
I’ve got plenty of money so please don’t send me any because I’ll have plenty and if you send any and I’d got sent out I wouldn’t get it. So if anybody figures on sending me tell them to wait until I get a permanent station. I believe if I get sent out it will be to Florida.
I think I’ll close for now and hit the sack.
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