Suddenly, orders were received to move and at 0700, the morning of 2nd May 1944, the 489th, at full T/O strength (less advance detail) and completely equipped, entrained via rail for a permanent change of station. The weather was clear, cool and morale was excellent.
At 1445 the same afternoon, 2 May 1944, the unit arrived at Camp Shanks, New York. Ample opportunity was given everyone to see the surrounding vicinity. A trip was made up the Hudson River to West Point and 24-hour passes were liberally given to both officers and enlisted men. In addition, each officer received a two-day leave and every enlisted man, a 3-day pass. Many intramural sport contests were held and several Broadway Musicals were shown in the camp.
Now that things have slowed down for me I’ll try to write more often. Received your letter about mom and telling her I left Sunday. You sure messed that one up but I won’t say anything to her unless she asks questions and then I won’t answer them.
It really seemed good to talk to you the other night. I planned on writing you last night but something happened to cause a change in my plans. Someday I’ll be able to answer all these “some things.”
Lt Douglas was promoted from 2nd LT to 1st Lt. Replaced Kelly a good break for him.
Tonight after supper I went to the gym and played basketball for a couple hours. Now I’m very tired and sore all over. You can see how busy I been today.
The way things are going I’m going to have a much easier time now. Don’t you think I should now?
I don’t know where my money is going but I have just six dollars left out of my pay. I’m sure I’m going to have to cash a check now. I’ll cash one for $25 if they let me otherwise it will have to be for a smaller amount.
Betty I have the will & power of attorney here in the room with me. I’ll send it next time.
Well honey that’s all for tonight.
Be good - And don’t worry. I’m thinking of you every minute.