March 6, 1952

 

This Article Appeared In The Times

But Was Not Actually In Calís Column

 

Transcribed by Janette West Grimes

 

Cpl. Fuqua Writes

 

Fort Hood, Texas

Jan. 22, 1952

Dear Brother Gregory:

 

†† As I am here thinking of all the good folks back there, I have decided to write a few lines. I am feeling well and like Texas just fine. I hope that all the folks back home are feeling O. K.

 

†† Well, I don't know too much about this maneuvering business; but they say it is the largest one they have ever had, supposed to be about 180,000 men involved and will last three months and cover 60, 000 acres of land. And there is plenty of land out here. It surely is a fine camp.

 

†† I went to church Sunday and Sunday night, the second time since I have been in the service. It was not like going to church back there, but the people were surely nice to me. It is six miles to this Baptist church.

 

†† I entered the service at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on Nov. 30, 1950, going from there to Camp Gordon, Ga., where I received my basic training. I also attended the Instructor's Guidance School, and then gave instruction to a bunch of boys. I am now a pole linesman.

 

†† We were sent from Georgia to Camp Polk, Louisiana, where I spent several months, and then came on to Fort Hood, where manuevers will last about three months.

 

†† Brother Gregory, I want to thank you and brother Drury for what you have done for me. May God bless you both. I also want to thank all people in and around Red Boiling Springs for the nice things they gave Anna and me in the shower. I appreciate what you have done very much. And thanks to the one who is having the paper sent to me. My time may be about out, but keep the paper coming on to me for three more months anyway. The paper is just like talking to my good friends back home. Just let dad know and I will send you the money.

 

†† Brother Gregory, pray for us boys out here and I will try to live as near right as I can. Will close now. Your friend,

 

††††††††††††††††† Cpl. Wallace Fuqua, US

††††††††††††††††† 53024558, 185th Signal Corps

†††††††††††††† †††Bn., Exercise Long Horn,

††††††††††††††††† Fort Hood, Texas