Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dear Folks, Our Basketball Team Has Won Eight Games And Lost None So Far, December 8, 1957, 38th Parallel South Korea, Love, Robert

Pfc. Robert C. Patton

Dear Folks,                     8 December 1957

  I got the ear plugs
and underwear. I don't
want you to subscribe
to the papers for me. I
get them all in a bunch
and they are a lot
of trouble. If you can
I wish you could fix
it up where I can
get only the Sunday paper.
  I am glad Ala finally
woke up and got a Coach,
maybe now they will
start to win. I might
not have been home for
this Thanksgiving but I'l
sure be home for the
next. I put my money
in the soldiers deposit this
month, and I didn't know
we might go to Japan.
If we go over there during
Christmas I want to
enjoy it. Is Earl
working or what?
  That tornado must have
really been tough. I wonder
if it hit Allamels house?
When does Johnnie Frank
go to college? I am sure
he will like Alabama,
but I hope he joins
a Fraternity because it
will help him a lot.
  Our basketball team has
won eight games and lost
none so far. All I
do now is play basketball
but one day I have to
go back to guard duty
but as long as I can
think, this is one boy
who is going to try his
best not to do anything
while in the army. We
had our 2nd snow this
week. That's enough to
last me for 5 years.
It sleeted first then
snowed. There was just
a layer of ice under
the snow. Do I still
have that big new 1950
Plymouth? There is only
one boy over here from
Birmingham, he is from
Woodlawn. He played football
for them and with Florida
State. His name is Don Powell.
We both go home
the same time just as
soon as papa san starts
planting his rice. All
his rice paddies are
frozen now.
  Well I hope that I am
not as old as I feel
and that 7 1/2 more months
will go by fast.

                        Love, Robert

Note: Johnny Frank and Earl are his Cousins.

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