Friday, February 15, 2013

September 27, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure 7709, COA 15th Bat. 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass. (Boston)

Dear Pa.-

I didn't mention in my first letter which should arive at the same time as this one but what I want to know is if you can pick up a small travelers electric iron in Liggits.  Dont get anything expensive they have them made to fold up flat and go into a box.  I don't want anything too costly as I probably will be doing a lot of traveling.  You people think you have heavy rain storms up there, well you should be here today and yesterday.  its been pouring steady with a high gale.  I think it might be the tale end of that hurricane that wiped out Camp Huber in Texas.  I received a letter from Madeline yesterday and she mentioned that she has not heard from you for some time.  She asked me if I had heard from you, I told her that I did but that the others are too busy with other things to be bothered writing.  I was talking to some of the boys here about the railroad unit & they seem to be of the opinion that the paratroops are the ones who handle that end of the work.  I don't think I'd care much for jumping out of a plane five or six thousand feet in the air, but you can inquire from Pacillis and see what's what.  Well I've got to close so I can get my clothes, shoes & gun ready for tomorrow.  If they want more than three dollars for an iron don't get it  Don't send by express, just regular mail because if it comes any other way I've got to go through a lot of red tape to get it.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

September 21, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure 7709, COA 15th Batallion 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, GA
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston, Mass. (Boston)

Dear Pa-,

Im sending a picture I had taken here by electric camera Sunday nite.  I haven't much time to do any writing as I have some work to do so will write again a little later.


Tell Theresa to write
Also Jimmy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

September 16, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure 7709 C.A. 15th Batallion 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston Mass. (Boston)

Dear Pa,-

I received your letter this afternoon in the last mail and also one from Martha.  There isn't much I could do about my eyes as far as sentry duty at night is concerned because every man in the camp has to stand guard when his turn comes and when I go on at night I don't have to make up any time, if I was on days I'd have to make up the time lost at drill.  I haven't spoken yet about the pain in my side because I was out on the range to qualify for marksman and we could not be away from there unless it was absolutly necessary.  Well anyway I think I made the mark.  I tried to quality on the automatic rifle but don't know yet how I'll come out, tomorrow we go out for machine gun instructions, things certainly move fast around here.  Has Theresa got home?  If so tell her to write.  How was the weather up there today, down here the heat would fry eggs.  Well this is all the news for now.


I"m going to see the docto tomorrow or the next day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

September 11, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo Gleasure 7709, C.A. 15th Batallion, 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia.
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston Mass (Boston)

I received your letter today just as I was going to write and see if everything was alright up there.  I thought that something might be wrong as I hadn't received a letter since Sept 4th and the letters that Martha is supposed to take care of are not getting there.  I got the money order & check okay.  Tell Jimmy to get wise to himself and bid off some job and stay put or he will find himself in the same fix as me and its no joke.  Did Theresa get home yet?  If she is tell her to write - the only enjoyment we have down here is receiving and answering letters.  Its all we have time for.  Well I guess I'll close now because there isn't any news.


Friday, February 8, 2013

September 6, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure 31157709, C.M 15th Training Batallion, 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston Mass (Boston)

Dear Pa.-

I received the package yesterday & the check today & I wish you had kept that money as some payment on the money I borrowed before I left home.  Why is it the railroad only grants me a year?  I thought the leave of absence was to be for an indefinite period of time untill my release six months after the duration.  I'd talk to Ritch & find out about that because that means no job when I get back if I'm gone over a year.  It looks to me like another of those dirty tricks like the one they pulled of in the last war.  I haven't had any further trouble with my eyes excepting its kind of hard for me to see at night when I'm on sentry post.  Well I guess this is all for now.  Let me know what Ritch has to say.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

September 4, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo Gleasure 31157709, C.A. 15th Training Batallion, 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston Mass. (Boston)

Dear Pa.-

I got your letter this noon & was glad to hear that Jimmy came out alright.  I don't think that he can hold his job much longer as the army is pulling them in faster than ever before.  I had nine teeth pulled yesterday and I had today off on account of it, they are going to put in a lower plate before I leave here.  so thats so much money saved.  I haven't been able to eat any solids since yesterday morning I've been drinking coffee lemonade and eating stewed tomatoes but when I do get some solid I'll eat plenty, I think I can start in the morning.  I don't know how I'm going to make out in this outfit as that pain I had in my chest is back again and when we go on heavy drill I get pretty well played out and I'm losing weight fast so if it don't improve within the next week I'm going to see the Colonel and see what he can do about it.  That pack we carry is pretty heavy along with the rifle, bayonet and the heavy belt we have to wear its quite a load.  I've already written & received an answer from Madeline, I took a guess at the adress & got it right.  I wrote to her again today I also got a letter from Martha today.  If Jimmy writes have somebody adress it for him so that will be readable because the envelopes have to be plain or they will have trouble knowing who its for because there are thousands here.  Well I think I'll close now because lites go out soon & I've got to clean my gun.  Write soon.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

August 26, 1942

From: Pvt. Geo. Gleasure, COA 15th Training Batallion, 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner Street, Allston (Boston), Massachusetts

Dear Pa-

I got your letter at this noon's mail call & was glad to here from somebody back home.  I don't like this country down here at all, the people from around here are not very sociable at all  I haven't been into Macon yet but those that have tell me that the people have little or no use for a soldier.  You don't have to waste paper like that when you write, you can write on boath sides because I don't think they sensure any letters other than those that go outside of the country and if they do they don't cut out any parts, they will just blot the words they dont want us to see they have a regular blot out stamp for that purpose.  Teddy might have been out looking for me the time he was gone for a week, because he used to sit up in front of Moskos every nite till he saw me coming.  I wrote to Madeline the other day but I'm not sure whether I had the adress rite or not, but I think it is 717 El Dorado Ave. Valejo Cal.  If this is wrong tell me.  How did Jimmy make out with his girl & Shepherd?  Tell Theresa, Jimmy & Martha to write I want to here from everybody back in Allston, it's the only enjoyment I have here because I'm holed up in this place and things are about the same every day, same old thing fall out for this & fall out for that they keep us on the jump from 5.30 in the morning till 9.00 at nite and the drilling is tough as hell, I don't know if I can stand up under it on account of the heat or not but I'll hang on anyway and see.  Are you thinking of having your sister come to live with the family?  I got the check alright and it come in handy.  Thanks.  I can't tell you much of what is going on down here because we are not alowed to mention anything of a millitary nature to anybody.  Well I think I'll sign off now as there isn't any more news from here for now.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

August 20, 1942

From: Annie Gleasure, 205 Beach 147 St. Rockaway Park, L.I. N.Y.
To: Frank Gleasure, 56 Gardner St. Allston, Mass. U.S.A.

My Dear Frank

It was a real surprise to hear from you after all these years.  Mrs Smyth sent me your letter, addressed to her last month, and I had intended to write to you several times since, but as you know I was and still am very lax in my corrospondence.  I have been in this locality for the past nine years, thought not at the same address.  Well how are you and the family?  I often wondered how you got on.  I haven't even an idea what age your children would be now.  Please write and tell me everything.

I was over at Floral Park a week ago last Sunday the 9th and Jean showed me another letter which you sent her.  She has been real nice since I came over here.  You know she is a sister-in-law of George's wife.  We never hear from the other side anymore.  I think its about two years since I heard from Mai.

Well good bye for the present hoping to hear from you soon

Affectionately Annie.

Friday, February 1, 2013

August 19, 1942

From: George F. Gleasure, Camp Wheeler, Georgia
To: Frank Gleasure (This letter is not in an envelope so no address)

Dear Pa,

Well I finally stopped jumping around the country and I'm now settled here for the next three months.  The heat down here is terrible, its boiling hot all day long from early in the morning till about nine at nite.  I don't like the climate at all.  The adress that your to use when you write is:

Pvt. George F. Gleasure, CO-A 15th Training Batallion, 1st Platoon, Camp Wheeler, Macon, Georgia.

I haven't very much to say because we haven't had a chance to get out of the camp yet.  One thing I'm glad to get off the train because we had a long hot ride and most of us couldn't sleep at all  I don't know how long it will be before I'll be able to see any of you (3 months anyway) possibly longer.  Well this is all for now so write soon.


There is another letter coming with this one - give it to Martha she knows what to do with it.