U.S. Marines -- Honolulu, Hawaii Puuloa Point Rifle
June 29, 1940
grandmother, Mrs. J.A. Schumacher
I think that I might owe you a letter so I will use this
afternoon as it is a day of rest and get caught up on my correspondence.
Weather is really nice. Skies clear. Perfect for firing the
rifle. I did alright with the pistol and Browning rifle on the short
course. I made Expert on the B.A.R. 300 is excellent and I was
able to hold it for a score of 341, the second-highest in the
detachment. Doing alright with the rifle and should have a big year this
time and get in the money.
Well, a big part of the fleet has left for places unknown at
this date, but I guess that everyone except us have a good idea.
The ship has just finished machine gun school and came into
port last Thursday. It will be in port until we go out to fire
short-range in mid-summer unless we are called to war before that time.
Well, if I didn't tell you, I have made my first-rate and am
now making close to $55.00 a month counting my clothing allowance which
I will get at the end of this cruise. We will fire the rifle Wednesday
for record and I can pick up an extra $5.00 a month. 315 out of a
possible 350 also Bar and Rifle are fired 10 shots from 600 yards ; 10
shots slow fire at 500: 10 shots rapid fire at 500; 10 shots slow fire
at sitting and kneeling 5 each; 10 shots at rapid fire standing in 1
minute and 10 seconds, this also at 300 yards; last to shoot off-hand at
20 plus 10 shots rapid fire in one minute, standing to sitting. A guy is
pretty tired of shooting before he gets done, but I would stand a lot
for $5 a month more.
I hope you all enjoy the best of health and happiness.
I'll be seeing you soon,