The Caddo Herald
February 4, 1943
Pvt. Don H. Mason
Writes Caddo Herald
Service Co. 381st Inf.
A.P.O. No. 96
Camp Adair, Oregon
Jan. 22, 1943
I was surprised and grateful to receive a copy of The Herald today. It sure is fine to hear what is happening back home, especially when you are stationed so far away.
I was inducted at Fort Sill, Dec. 16, last year and sent out here.
It took me four days and nights on the train to reach this camp, which is 35 miles south of Portland, 25 miles from Salem and 8 miles from Corvallis.
Camp Adair is located in the valley of the Willamette River, east of the Coastal Range of mountains; it is 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The weather here is ideal (for ducks). It averages 9 days rain out of 10; however they say it is a beautiful place in the summer.
I am in the Service Co. which is composed entirely of specialists in some line of work.
We have engineers, typists, supply men, technicians of all kinds; 90 percent are now commissioned officers. This a combat unit.
My work is Chef, trying to feed these hungry men.
It isn’t such a bad place, all things considered and as long as we are contributing to the ultimate downfall of Hitler and Hirohito, none of us will complain.
My only regret is there are no other Bryan County men here, so far as I know. I have met a fellow named Shackelford from Tishomingo. He is in G.G. 38 1st Inf.
Tell __ __ ___ ___(can’t read) all of us want to come home as soon as we can arrange a few little details in Europe and in the Pacific, but until we are sure that this thing can never happen again, will stay in and pitch until it is all over.
We know the folks at home are fighting this war as hard as we are and making sacrifices to help us, so how can we lose?
Give my regards to all my friends in and around Caddo, do this any way you see fit. Thanks again for The Herald; I’ll be looking for it.
Very truly yours,
Pvt. Don H. Mason