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Sunday, 29 September 2013 22:02

September 27 Secured a leave of absence and quit working today.  I certainly hate to leave. 

September 28 Stayed with Gladys all day. 

September 29 Went to Evansville today for Army exam.  Passed easy.  Cuss it! 

September 30 Came home today to spend my two weeks furlough. 

October 7  Giving Madisonville a last look over these few days left. 

October 13  The fateful day arrives.  I left home today on the 10 A.M. train for Henderson.  Left  Henderson this afternoon.  1:30 P.M. changed trains at Evansville. 

October 14  Arrived Ft. Harrison midnight last night.  Got to bed at 2 A.M.  Spent the day at lecture. 

October 15  Fine meals here.  We were issued clothes today.  More lectures. 

October 16  Boy I got a rotten detail today.  Built a firing range, and had to level the ground off with  spades. 

October 17  The fellows from Henderson are leaving now, a few at a time.  Not more than ten of us left. 

October 19  I'm on the alert now.  Ordered to stay close to my quarters. 

October 20  Received my call today.  Left Ft. Harrison 9 A.M.  Arrived in St. Louis at 6 P.M.  Left at  6:30 P.M.  I was Corporal in charge of the 16 men enroute.  Best accommodations. 

October 21  Arrived Bringhurst, Louisiana at 2 P.M.  Army trucks carried us to camp.  My first look at  camp almost made me vomit. 

October 22  Walter Winchell said West Claiborne was worse than a German concentration camp.  He  didn't tell the half of it. 

Editor’s Note Construction of Camp Claiborne, located at Alexandria, Louisiana, began in 1940 and the  first troops arrived in December, 1940. The camp was used for infantry and airborne  training in addition to the more specialized purposes of training engineering units, service  forces, and railroad battalions. Almost half a million troops trained at Camp Claiborne  before it was deactivated on 15 December 1945. Part of the camp was used to house  European prisoners of war. Some of these prisoners were employed in clearing the ranges  as the camp was being deactivated and turned over to the War Assets Administration. The  camp's 7000 buildings, frames, hutments, and tents, were sold in March 1947, and all of  them were removed.

October 23  Sand and more sand.  Drill all day long in it.  Wind blowing like a demon. 

November 17  We moved to hutments today.  They're much better than tents. 

November 28  Had a poor Thanksgiving dinner today.  Worked all day, too.  This Army's nuts. 

December 1  Hiked about 7 miles out in the woods today and set up bivouac.  Looks like we'll sleep in  pup tents tonight. 

December 2  These pup tents didn't help much.  Almost froze tonight.  Sleeping right  on the ground. 

December 12  Took my truck driver's examination today.  Passed with flying colors.  It's fun driving these  Army trucks.

December 20  Getting along pretty good on gold-bricking.  I'm getting tired of working my heart out and  not getting any credit for it. 

December 21  Put on alert yesterday.  Can't even leave Bivouac now. 

December 23  Took the fellows into the show tonight in the company truck without tickets.  That's off the  record, though. 

December 24  Only way to get into Camp is to slip by the guards.  That's not hard, though. 

December 25  Christmas Day.  Not much of a Christmas for us, though. 

December 26  Getting more equipment now and having our bags stencilled.  Looks like we'll be going  overseas before long. 

December 29  Turned in our cots and mattresses tonight.  Sleeping on the ground, ready to pull out at any  hour. 

December 30  We boarded a troop train this morning at 6.  Feels good to be on a train again even if it is  taking us to an embarkation port. 

December 31  Riding through Texas now.  Looks like we're going out to the West Coast or maybe  Mexico.