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May 13, 1942
L. G. H.
Fort Devens, Mass.
Four more days then I have will have [sic] my two days off.
Do you know J. Mc Cloud who worked in the 1st National store—he is at Camp Lee so perhaps Norm will meet up with him.
It rained all night and was so hot trying to sleep today. The barracks hold the heat. Last night we had a blackout! The entire Fort was blacked out. It was so exciting. We strapped our gas masks on as soon as we heard the siren and thew the switch dousing all the lights and radios. It lasted about ½ [an] hour.
I tried my gas mask on and almost suffocated myself. They tell you to exhale before you put it on and it has to be put on in 3 seconds or in case of gas attack you’re a dead duck. Such hideous looking things though the fellows say, “Take good care of them more so than any of your other equipment because it is a life saver.”
Well, Moma dear, be ready to welcome me home next week either Monday or Tuesday.
Love to all