ARMY AIR FORCES
I just got through K.P. It wasn’t so bad today as I was in the guard mess, where all the men on guard duty are fed. I still had to get up at 0300.
How was your trip honey? I hope it wasn’t too tiring for you I think of you and try to picture where you are all the time
As you know I meant to the range yesterday. I was extremely intere4sting. In the morning I pulled + marked targets. That is I stood in the pit directly in front of the targets and flashed back the shooter’s score. It’s done by disks. A white disk is a bulls eye (s), a red disk is 4, a black cross on white backgnd. Is 3, and a black disk is 2. A red flag means that the target was missed altogether. They call this flag “Maggie’s Drawers.”
In the afternoon I shot the carbine, got a score of 2150 out of a possible 200, that classifies me as a marksman. Then I fired the Thompson Machine Gun. Boy that was terrific. 25 shots went off in a fraction of a second. Afterward we were all searched for shells. You can get 6 months for swiping one of them.
This classification is really beginning to wash-out the men. They’re washing out left and right. A fellow in the Orr barracks made it as a bombardier. I probably won’t know my results for a few days yet, though. If I fail, I fail. That’s all there is to it. If I can’t fly I can’t, what the hell, gunnery is allright [sic] too. All I hope is that you won’t be too disappointed if it happens.
I got a letter from Don T. and Pat Palryample today. Everything is the same there.
I just want to be issued a steel helmet. A P.A.C.’s are [?] issued them. It’s a beaut.
Well angel, I’m pretty tired, so guess I’ll sign off. Give my love to Biggie and Cynt, and to all at home. Goodnight sweetheart, I love you.
Recommended CitationClark, William Judson, "Letter Written by William Judson Clark to Mrs. Ruth S. Clark Dated December 3, 1943" (1943). Clark, Dorothy Audrey Six and William Judson. Paper 157.