Sgt Roman F. Klick 36620923
HS 1393 Engr APO 709
c/o PM SF Cal
11 July 1944
Can you beat that, I had three items I wanted to talk about in this second letter but during the laborious process of typing all the addresses onto the V-mail form, I completely forgot about what I was going to say. That's enough to jar a person, isn't it? O yes, now I recall one of the things I wished to comment on. That was the Army Institute Course in Correspondence (Business) which I took up shortly before we left New Caledonia and which, after finishing two lessons down there, I never did go back to up here on this island. Such a course is a swell idea and I'm ashamed of myself for stopping it but it is so difficult writing letters to formula when I've grown so much out of the habit. Another thing is that it is such an indefinite course in that you really don't know whether or not you have measured up to the proper standards or not --- in other words, if your letters were 100% or not. On the other hand definite assignments such as in mathematics can be determined almost by yourself as to their perfection or not for everything is so precise and methodical. Now what I would like to do is to hold on to the letter writing course, yet be able to take up a sort of review of something like trigonometry or something which would get me into the swing of studying once again and then at some future date I could continue the letter writing course with a bit more ease. Furthermore, I'm afraid that the letter writing course would be forgotten rather quickly if I completed it now and the war didn't end for me until say three years from now. Of course, there would be nothing lost by it but it seems a sort of a things which a person should have fresh in the mind before beginning to utilize the lessons until they become part of the habit. Me thinks that I ought to write to the USAFI down in New Cal and explain the situation to them and ask them if they can do anything about it. It is a shame, though, that after such a swell start this had to happen to the course. Jack at least went thru four lessons while Lewis only completed one. Even Mersing stopped short in his Diesel Engine course upon leaving New Caledonia. There is something about the upheaval caused by a removal to a new location which makes it difficult to get back into the old groove.
Then, in passing, I could tell you that yesterday morning I didn't have any breakfast whatsoever so along about nine o'clock I concocted a perfect egg-beated chocolate malted and took the sharp edge off the appetite until twelve o'clock. Then again at night, just before going to the barracks, Milligan and I talked a bit over this Sunday's coming swimming party as we drank two cups of chocolate malted.
Incidentally, as I right (there I go again, all evening long I've been reversing my rights and writes) this letter the radio is playing some good music and one of the artists is Robert Weede who we saw here in person just a few weeks ago. Evidently he is a top-notcher for the program is high class.
By the way, Bill Grauel received a bottle of plain malted milk tablets so our coffee man must have been giving you a line --- probably the Central Tea & Coffee Company doesn't have them in stock. O yes, Jack and all the other fellows claim these calcium tablets they are taking prevent decay. Is that true? Did Doris take them at one time?
So-long, /s/ Roman Roman