Monday, April 28, 2014

August 9, 1943

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure, 31157709, Co. E, 12th Inf., A.P.O. #4, 4th Inf Div, US Army, Fort Dix, NJ
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass (Boston)

Dear Pa:-

I received your letter in yesterdays mail + didnt get the chance to answer till now. When you write again send the address of that place where Theresa and Martha are staying. Yes you told me that your received pictures from Madeline I also got one of her and she does appear to have put on weight. I didnt hear anything about that train wreck you spoke of as the only papers we get here are New York and Philadelphia papers and they only have local and war news in them I would like however to have some of the Boston papers sent about once a week because I cant get used to what papers we have here. Well this is about all there is from here for now except to tell you that the address here has been changed due to the fact that the vehicles have been taken from us. So the new address is

Co. E. 12th Inf
A.P.O. #4
4th Infantry Division
U.S. Army
Fort Dix N.J.


Friday, April 25, 2014

July 27, 1943

From: George Gleasure, Fort Dix
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass (Boston)

Dear Pa:-

I received your letter yesterday but didn't get the opportunity to answer till now because things have been pretty busy lately but I've got a couple of hours this afternoon so I'm using them to get caught up on my mail. I didnt see Jimmy at the South Station while I was there but I suppose it was due to the very large crowd that was there that day, the crowd was so large that they had to put on a second section to that train I took and it was "the Patriot" one of the New Haven and Pennsylvanias fast steamliners so thats why I was able to get to Trenton so fast. The cars were jammed full of soldiers and sailors and to make things more miserable than they were there was too damn many civilians pushing around and grabbing seats, there should be something done about them because they are a nuisance wherever the soldiers are. I received a picture of Madeline but as yet I didnt receive her husbands but she said she was sending one. Well Ive got to close now so I can get my stuff ready to go out to the rifle range, Ill be there for a couple of days so Ive got a lot of stuff to get together before I go so Ill close now till I hear from you again. Also tell Martha to write, she hasnt answered my letters yet.


Excuse pencil as pen is lost.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

July 12, 1943

From: George Gleasure, Co. E, 12th Inf., 4th Mtzd Div. APO #4 US Army, Fort Dix, NJ
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass. (Boston)

Dear Pa:-

Well Im back in camp again but I still would like to be home because there is a problem coming up where we will be running most of the time and it will last for three days. I got in on good time, I left the South Station at three o'clock and arrived here in Dix at 9.30 last night so that was pretty good time. I dont feel any too good after riding so long in the heat and that problem will probably knock hell out of me but there is nothing I can do but take it that's all. Well there isn't much to say so Ill close till I hear from you.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

June 13, 1943

From: George Gleasure, Co. E, 12th Infantry, 4th Motorized Division, Fort Dix, NJ
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass (Boston)

Dear Pa:-

Just a short note to let you know that I received the magazines and all letters to date and that so far everything is okay.

We are starting out on a 125 mile hike soon so I dont think we will feel very good after that, we just got in from one that was 40 miles and you should have seen some of the fort here. A lot of the gang staggered in like drunks but it didnt effect me too much so it looks like Im getting tough. I got a letter from Madeline yesterday and she says that she would like to come home for a visit but is afraid her husband would be shipped out while she is here. Well this is about all from here so will close till I hear from you again.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May 17, 1943

From: George Gleasure, Co. E, 12th Infantry, 4th Mtzd Division, Fort Dix, NJ
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass (Boston)

Dear Pa,

Received your letter a few days ago but have been so busy that I couldnt answer till now and at that Ive only a few minutes before the lights go out. Im sorry to hear that Martha is in the hospital again but I dont think that there is too much to worry about and I would bring her home because it looks to me like they are using her to make money on, so Id take her out, I think she will be okay. We have a fellow here who has five hundred tumors in various parts of his body and hes still just as good as any of the rest of us. Ill ask the doctor about that pulse rate as soon as I see him but personally I dont think that's true because if it was she would be sweating and have a red face. They told me that if x ray showed anything that they would call me in but I havent been called so it must be negative but I am going to see a civilian doctor and see what he says. Well this is about all from here so will close till I hear from you again.


Monday, April 21, 2014

April 6, 1943

From: Lt. Joe C. Leone, A-T Co. 158th Inf APO 3470 C/O PM San Francisco Cal.
To: Pvt. George F. Gleasure, Co. E 12th Infantry, Camp Gordon, Augusta, GA.

"Somewhere in New Guinea"

Dear George,

I received your letter dated December 18 a few days ago. I was surprised to hear from you, however, very pleased. Your letter did take a rather long time to reach me, however this is unusual, so we can blame it onto the fact that I have moved constantly, and I don't have such a thing as a station.

I trust, that you are getting along as well as possible. As to my doings, you will be better informed, if you read the newspapers and magazines. As you know this is no bed of roses out here, but I'm not surprised, for I had a pretty good picture of what events were to occur.

I hear from Martha quite often, which pleases me very much. As you probably already know, I'm very fond of her. Well George, keep your chin up and we'll finish this job over here, so that you probably won't have to leave the states.

Your friend,

P.S. Why not write me?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

April 19, 1943

From: Pvt. George F. Gleasure, 31157709, CoE. 12th Infantry, A.P.O. #4, U.S. Army, Fort Dix, N.J.
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass.

Dear Pa:-

I received your letter today along with a couple of others from boston.  I was beginning to wonder if you had been receiving my letters because its been some time since I heard from you.  I get one from Martha occasionally but I never hear from either Theresa or Jimmy.  I don't know whats the matter with them.  I wouldn't get rid of the dog on that account I'd just help him off the struts & when you catch him doing wrong just wallop hell out of him & he won't try it again.  He knows when he's wrong.

Before I left Gordon I sent you a picture book of the City of Augusta so let me know in your next letter if you received it or not.  I think that Jimmy had better stay in his job because I doubt if he can get a release now that the manpower freeze has gone into effect.  So he had better use his head or he will find himself in the army.  As for Martha having heart trouble, you had better try to curb her of drinking as that will do more harm than anything else.  THe doctor can put a scare into her if you tell him about it.  Well this is about all from here so I'll close for now.



Here is the new address.

Pvt. Geo. F. Gleasure 31157709.
CoE. 12th Infantry. A.P.O. #4
U.S. Army Fort Dix.
New Jersey

April 20, 1943 (both letters included in the same envelope)

Dear Pa

Just a note to tell you that this address has changed again so here is the new one & be sure you get it right because if you don't the letters will be censored.  The address is on the back of this paper.

Pvt. George F. Gleasure 31157709
CoE. 12th Infantry. A.P.O. #4
4th Motorized Division
Fort Dix, New Jersey