AS THEY SAY IN SOUTHERN PART OF RUSSIA – A YANK IN THE ETO GRIPES ABOUT NOT GETTING FURLOUGHS

Dear YANK:

We’re a comparatively new outfit in the ETO as we left the States in January, but we have a gripe because we have not received any quota for 30-day furloughs. Just because we got in the end of the war is no reason why we should not get home.

Do all the furloughs have to go to men at the front? After all they have a chance to earn medals and ribbons that we don’t have. They get extra pay for combat that we don’t get. We are part of Communications Zone and are doing a hard job of guarding warehouses. Each man in our outfit regardless of rank takes a hitch of about nine hours duty every day. We don’t get many passes into the nearby city. One of my sergeants has not been to town for two weeks. Then too when we do get into town we can’t wear battle stars on our theater ribbon. Yet we too have knock nights of terror. Twice enemy planes have been reported in the vicinity and once a buzz bomb landed just a few kilometers away. That’s one thing the frontline soldiers don’t have—buzz bombs.

Like everyone we have to wear our helmets when we’re on duty, and yet no furloughs, no combat pay, no medals. Even the WACs go out with men back on pass from the front. We’re becoming mighty fed up with this. What sort of an undemocratic Army is this? Give us a break and allot us furloughs too. We want to go home as much as anyone else.

—NAME WITHHELD

– FRANCE

P.S. Please withhold my name as it might kill my chance for a leave.

(We hope he’s only kidding—Ed.)

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