John Goodin volunteered for service and received his acceptance letter on June 28, 1941. He began basic training in Camp Wheeler, Georgia where he expressed in letters to his parents the grueling schedule. Goodin says the temperature was "105°, 5:30 a.m. business is getting me down, taking exams, learning to march, drilling, all kinds of work, k.p. [kitchen police], washing dishes and mopping...could sleep about 14 hours!"
But in light of this, Goodin always tells his parents he is getting his milk everyday. Throughout the war, Goodin longingly speaks of "sweet milk" and is so appreciative when he is able to get it.
Transcriptions of Select Letters from the John Goodin Papers (1941)