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March 19, 1943

My dear Mr. Chairman,

It affords me a great deal of pleasure, as I resume my duties this morning after an enjoyable ten days’ furlough, to take this opportunity to acknowledge your recent “newsy” letter and gift of candy, just received. Believe me, it is extremely gratifying and uplifting to know that our friends on the home front are remembering us in so many, many ways.

I am enclosing the latest issue of our weekly paper, “The Bulldozer.” Having read it you will see that we do get in a little fun now and ten after a long, tedious day, through a movie, boxing tournaments, et cetera. Those of you who have been lucky enough to visit Camp Endicott know that there are other recreational opportunities provided in bowling fencing, pool and billiards. Apparently Uncle Sam is a firm believer in the adage “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Your account of the various changes that have taken place as a result of wartime obstacles proved extremely interesting. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Professors Shors and Hammond are now, or soon will be, wearing goldbraid. And that goes too, for Major Lee. Congratulations!!

In spite of present wartime impediments that hinder club functions, as well as the fact that many of its members are serving their country, the writer feels that you all are doing a most commendable job in keeping things going in the very best way possible, and it is my prayer that the Club may operate as successfully in the future as it has in the past.

I have intended writing the Service Club previously but if you could see how hard it is to find a few minutes between our regular duties and military drill, you would know the reason why. To use naval vernacular, we “hit the deck” at 6:30 and must dovetail military training in with our regular assignments until the early evening.

I have been stationed at Camp Endicott as a member of the I.B.M. Department for some time but one never knows who is next to be shipped out. However, my address has been altered slightly, as shown below.

Richard W. Monroe, Sp (I) 3c
I.B.M. Department
Station Force
Davisville, Rhode Island

In closing, I am truly grateful for your many favors and remembrances and best wishes, which are returned many fold. I invite all those interested to write to me and I shall endeavour to answer all communications as promptly as possible.

Richard W. Monroe

The Chairman
Bryant College Service Club
Providence, Rhode Island
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