Wendell Gilman Writes From Overseas Action 1943
Wendell Gilman, who has been in military service over two years and
overseas for a long time, is now believed to be in the New Britain
campaign, writes several interesting letters to home folks. Here are
excerpts from some of his recent letters:
November 25: Well Bud, we had a good turkey dinner today and
have had good eats ever since we came up here. We are now back in the
beautiful romantic tropics. As yet, things are ok but I don't know for
how long. A fellow just a few yards from my tent got killed yesterday.
He was writing a letter when a big limb from a tree crashed down on him
and broke his neck. I'm a firm believer that when your ticket is up,
that is as far as you go.
November 27: You are right about my coming home as soon
as the army is through with me. I rather think we have left Australia
for good as it is too far from the theater of operations now. I'd like
to go back there for a while before coming home, but I'm in the army now
so I take things as they come. I hope that I get home soon. I'd like to
see China and Japan and may before this thing is over. I'd rather see
them a few years after the war is over though. I've had quite enough of
this kind of life, but it's just like any other job ... you can't quit
until it's over.
December 1: I'm going to send some of my thing home as I
don't need them up here; rings, bracelets, billfolds, etc. So don't
think there is anything wrong when the package comes. I made the stuff
myself and could have sold them many times. They aren't quite finished
as I would like to have them, but I can finish them later. Have sent
some pictures and will send some money in a few days. Use it if you
need, but I may need it when the campaign is over. Don't like to stick
all my money into Soldiers' Savings as one cannot get it back out until
after he is discharged.
I've had a long day today, four o'clock this morning until
dark tonight so I'm very tired. But I wish you could see my boys on
these machine guns. They are very good shots. I have the best section in
the regiment and I'm not the only one that thinks so. Some of the boys
were with me at Buna.
Take care of yourself mother and don't worry. I'm quite
confident I'll be back. Love to all, Gil