Pretty quite today. We had to get the serial numbers on everything that had serial numbers. It kept us busy most of the day. I wrote a few letters tonight and then went up to listen to the radio before going to bed.
Charles F. Bruns lived in the East Central Illinois town of Champaign. A local athlete, ‘Chick’ joined the Army in 1941. In October of 1942 he was sent to the European Theater. During his WWII tour he was able to keep is daily thoughts in a diary that is presented here. Additionally, photos he took, letters written to his parents, news paper articles, and historic references are being shared.
Dear Mother & Dad;
Well maybe I can get back to writing you two letters a week again. I have just came home from a swim in the sea. We have went swimming just about every afternoon this week. Yesterday the waves were very hot I and they would knock you for a roll each time they would hit you. They were sure tired when we were ready to go home. Not much is happening around here, so there is little to write about. When I get caught up on my letter writing I will try and answer all of your questions in your back letters. I only have about eight more to go, ha, ha. We have been having some free shows here at the different areas. Some of them have been pretty good. So far I have received about six or eight papers. There is a boy here from fill a grove, so I’d give them to him after a im through with them. I went to mass and communion this morning, first time in about a month. I just couldn’t make it before.
Say! I forgot to tell you before, but you can write on the both sides of your paper as they don’t censored your mail. It’s just hours that gets sensor. That way you can save on paper. What all have you and dad been doing? Dad I’m waiting on a letter from you. Right now I can just see you and mom setting outside. Mom’s reading the Sunday Paper an you are smoking a cigar listing to the ballgame on the radio. Mom is probably hollering that you to turn it off and get some other program, ha, ha.
Don’t forget to call Mrs. Piddle and tell her to have warm and write to me as I have lost his address. Also don’t forget the comic book, candy, and V-Mail form. There it is one kind of V-Mail form that is black and printed only on one side, a specially for soldiers overseas. See if you can get that kind and if not the other one will do. Well it’s getting child time so I had better close for now. I’ll write again soon. Goodbye and I’ll be loving you both from the bottom of my heart.
Your Son “Chick”
We laid around until 11 AM this morning and then I went to mass and communion. In the afternoon we went down to the beach and went swimming we had a lot of fun. I came home wrote a few letters and then and then went to bed.
Well today was just the same as yesterday except for the swim and I like it the best of all the waves were coming in; in big breakers and it just wore you out being bashed by them. I listened to the radio again and then went to bed. I read a little before going to sleep. Some rumors of moving tomorrow. I hope not. This is a swell place.
The days are pretty dull now with nothing much to do. We went swimming again today and the water was fine. Listened to the radio for a while last night and then went to bed.
Dear Mother & Dad;
We have had about two or three male calls this week and I am still way behind on my letter writing. I received the books to day and as for the films keep them until I tell you to send them I have about six rolls left now and they will last me quite awhile I could send them two they base sensor and have them developed but I know that they would take some of them out so I will keep them until the war is over.
You know I was just laying here thinking of the time we went to see uncle Howe at Rockford, when I was home on furlough. It’s a shame that he moved away. Have you heard from him lately.
Not much is happening around here now and we have little to do at the present. I think I told you before about seeing all of the German Equipment here did and I. Some of it was into resting all of the equipment is well made, but the trouble is that can’t make it as fast as U.S.. We went down to the beach this afternoon for a swim. The water was just as clear as it could be. I was the last one out of the water and eve and then I hated to go home. We had a fine show here last night, jack Benny in” George Washington slept here”. Boy was it ever funny. There is another showdown at the medics tonight so I may go down there.
Tell Mae Barber & Mrs. Diltz that I will write to them one of these days, but when you have quite a few to write to its hard to catch up. I would have loved to answer all of the birthday and Easter but I burnt then up before I had time to answer them. I received a million of them two thank every one and tell them why I didn’t write.
We take pills here about four times a week for malaria. It makes about half of the company six for 1/2 day including yours truly but you get over it.
You know now you don’t have to have the C.O. signature two send packages. Just the APO#. So if billy has any funny books send them along also anything you think I could use. No tobacco as I use very little and can get it here. I can always use candy. I fixed my pen see don’t need to worry about it. I imagine you felt pretty badly from not hearing from me on mother’s day but I just couldn’t write at that time. Please forgive me. Even though mother’s day has passed here is the home I was going to write to you.
To my mother
To one who bears the sweetest name
and adds a luster to the same
Who shares my joys, who cheers when said
the greatest friend I ever had
Long live to her for there’s no other
could take the place of my dear mother
I thought of you and dad it all day that day an I know that you were thinking of me. I’ll be home soon and then we will make up for lost time. Dad tell all of the gang up at the store two write & tell Charlie Shepard, Mannie, Irma & all thanks for the cards. I’ll write them soon. God bless you both an I will be loving and thinking of you all the time
Your Son “Chick”
We received a few clothes so I issued them out this morning also made out a couple of salvage certificates and requisitions. This afternoon we all went swimming down in the sea. Boy was it ever swell. The water was just as clear as it could be. I was the last one to come out. We had to take another pill tonight. Also had PX supplies and Vino. There is a show down at the 3rd Medics so I guess I’ll go.
There is little to do now so I cleaned up a few rifles and also cleaned my room. Wrote a few letters and read a little. Took some shoes down to the Battalion Supply. We took our pills and as usual I’ll be sick. Listened to the radio and went to bed.
I slept the morning until 9:30 AM. I then was on guard from 10 to 12. Laid around all afternoon and wrote a few letters. We had a mail call and I received a few letters. We got in some PX supplies. I was on guard from 6 to 8 again. I listened to the radio and then went to bed.
We didn’t have much to do again today. They bombed Bone again last night. I did a few odd jobs around the supply room and then did my washing and then after supper climbed up to the top of the mountain. It was really rugged and the rocks were steep, sharp and hard to get around on. I went down and washed off in the crick, wrote a few letter and went to bed. I went on guard from 2 to 5.