Prelude: Here is a short, second postcard I have from Private Harold Sisson a soldier in training in Illinois in 1942. The letter is written to a Raymond Sisson, in Almond, NY.
Hello Ray, Sat. p.m.
Just passing the time away, until I go to school tonight. Schedules is changed so I have to go to school on Sat. night, have Sun. night off. Received a letter from Luela today. We actually got paid yesterday. Got $53 after deductions were taken out.
Been warm and rainy here the past few days. Have been sleeping pretty good this week. Getting used to it.
COMMENTARY: Harold seems like a typical soldier in training to me. He’s just letting his hometown folks know what is going on. I wonder if his pay of $53.00 was for a week or two weeks or more? 1942 was only a year into the war for America and Harold was getting some kind of special training before being deployed. The life of an American soldier in 1942.