Cpl Roman F. Klick 36620923
Co "A", 353rd Engr Regt
A.P.O. #502, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, California
July 11, 1943
Dear Aunty Clara,
I received your second return mail this evening. It was dated June 29. In addition to that I received a letter from my Dad dated June 28. I notice now more so than ever before we are answering each others questions in the mail that is already on the way. For instance, long before this I had affirmed that I had not gone swimming at all since last summer. Then again I too have stressed the almost extreme caution I am taking while swimming in the cool water. One thing though that I never did tell you and which you have now asked me about several times and that is whether or not your so called scribbling is hard to read or not. That is easily answered because I have had no difficulty reading it (it isn't scribbling) and it photographs well.
Well, I finished the payroll today and began having it signed by the fellows. We have had plenty of time to work on this payroll and it hasn't been anything like the rush jobs we have done in the past so if any payroll is going to turn out good it will be this one. Just think starting one month's payroll just a few days after receiving our pay from the previous month. The fellows in the company do not seem to realize that the clerks themselves do all the work involved in making up a payroll like that and suggested today that the army should pay by the week instead of the month. It is a good thing that they don't otherwise we would be run ragged.
Do you know that there are several ways a fellow can send money home when he is overseas? One is the usual method of a monthly allotment, the second way is thru the means of a normal postal money order and a third is what is called a personal transfer account. By this time you must have received your birthday check thru the means of the personal transfer method. Will you write back to me and tell me just when you received it and just what the check looked like? Many of the fellows ask me those things and I don't know the answer to them myself. We also have the privilege of depositing money with the Army at 4% interest after six months. The advantage of having this banking system is that fellows who haven't anybody back home can save for themselves and it also provides a little nest egg for emergency furloughs etcetera.
By this time you must be pretty well disgusted with this rather detailed explanation of our financial set up and the way the Army looks after us boys. This must have reminded you of the days when I would come home from work and tell you all about billing, income tax laws, and the accounting troubles of RH&R.
Incidentally, I also got around to getting you a birthday card for your birthday (even if it was my own home made variety) and you should have received it just before this letter. I imagine you will tell me how it looked microfilmed but just to make sure you did I am mentioning it now.
I hope that the very small piece of silver which fell on my tongue this afternoon just a spare part of a filling because I sure wouldn't want it to be the beginning of a breakdown. Sometimes I wonder if all this candy I eat doesn't loosen up those fillings.