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Saturday Zasshonokuma Kyushu Japan Dear Aunty Clara, 1 Dec1945 A three day lay off in the letter writing resulted from one cause ---- too much piled up work caused by being absent from work and romp- ing around town Tuesday and Wednesday. But many things have happened since I last wrote. Of course, anything can be stated brief- ly and thatís the way Iíll state it. Colonel Shubat left for the 11th Replacement Depot at Nagoya on his way home. Lt Kuras is leaving for the 11th Replacement Depot at Nagoya on his way home, Tuesday 4 Dec 45. All EM with 69 points in the Sixth Army are leaving for the 11th Replacement Depot at Nagoya tomorrow at noon. All EM with 35 years behind them leave the Hakata RR Station at 1200 Monday for Nagoya and home. All EM with 68 points leave the Hakata RR Station at noon Tuesday for the 11th Replacement Depot on the first leg of the journey home. All EM with 67 points leave the Hakata RR Station at noon Djdjday for the llth Replacement Depot on the ffj3m leg of the journey home. (Yes, Aunty Clara, they stopped naming days when they reached the 67 pointers but we are now the highest point men in Japan still assigned to units) When the next order comes out, we know that we are the ones that will be named on it. Rumor has it that we will not survive the week and will join the advance party of 69 and 68 point men at Nagoya. By and large, however, the 67 pointers are taking the entire proceedings very apathetically since they have been burned too many times in the past. One thing though was that when Lt Kuras brought in the good word about the reduction in point men being released, we were so excited that we couldnít work very efficiently for quite some time and were full of gab about this that and the other. The Pacific Stars and Stripes gave a pretty good story today on the 11th Replacement Depot at Nagoya and said that the following named ships were due in THE JOHN LYKES, EXPLORER, MARINE DRAGON, EXTRAVIA and THE CAPE MEARS. There you have it Aunty Clara, it is not al- together outside the realm of the possible that I may come home on one of those five ships de- pending of course on whether they come in and if we get into the depot in time to get on one of them before they pull out. But by now any dreams of a Christmas at home have been blown sky high and perhaps some times towards the middle of January we might be agetting to the place we belong. More news: All men (Officers and enlisted) are entitled to a "controlled" trophy if they have over 23 months overseas service. And do you know what those controlled trophies are? Pistols, binoculars and swords! So the Brigade was allocated 249 trophies and our battalion (out of about 25 battalions in Brigade) received 168 trophies!!!! Veterans, eh? And of them we received about 36 pistols, 24 binoculars and the rest were swords. It was all drawn by lot according to length of overseas service and the number of points a person had. After the drawing, all the eligible men were called up to battalion headquarters and in the order they had been drawn, they were en- titled to pick themselves a trophy of their choice. The pistols were really the ones that went like hot cakes and I never expected to get one of them or one of the binoculars which cost over fifty bucks a pair. Therefore I spotted a darn good saber that had class and everything ---- but when there were but FOUR PISTOLS left my name was called and there I was the owner of one Japanese Luger which makes about one of the most interesting war trophies a man could want from the Pacific war no matter whether the gun means a thing to him or not. I could get a trade for that pistol in either cash, a saber or a set of binoculars anytime I want to and for actual cash value of the binocular and saber. I would be the gainer--- but the main iurpose of the trophy is as a souvenir and that is priceless. I know that when I get home and the company starts coming over, that Luger will be quite a drawing card (for the first time). Like for instance Uncle Jack, my Dad, Senor G, Mr Infiesta, Marty and the rest of them will like looking it over inside and out. That even drew a comment in Ebnerís "Scraper". Anyhow, that is how the situation stands now only Iíve got plenty and plenty of work to do. Lt McLain is going to be new Personnel Officer and seems like a good Joe. However, if the 67 pointers leave this next week (I hope), the office is going to be in a most peculiar condition. For about a week or so there will be new men in half of the positions as Lt McLain will be the hew Personnel Officer, Garriss will be the new Personnel Sergeant Major, Moskowitz will be the new Morning Reports Clerk, Burkholder will be the new Recruiting Clerk, Smarrito will be the new Bn Sgt Mjr, Ebner will take Bill Grauelís place as Message Center Chief, and there will be two new telephone operators to take the place of Nelson and Kuckenbecker and someone must take Andy Mathisís place at bugling while over in Supply Joe Wright will be succeeded as the top kick of the Supply Section. So-long, Roman
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