|Boxes of 90mm rounds fired that day|
December 10, 1952
[Baumholder, West Germany]
I got a letter from you today and 5 boxes. 2 of them was from you, 1 from Jr, 1 from the V.F.W., and one from church. I got enough candy and cookies for a week.
We fired the 90 MM yesterday. I got to shoot 20 rounds. They cost about $60.00 a round. HE and AP-T.  We are going to fire the sub-machine gun Sat. It's been a long time since I have shot anything.
That new Range finder on these tanks sure are accurate. They should be for $35,000 dollars.
I sold those skates to R. before I left. I'll find out how much watches cost the next time I go to town. We are going back to Hanau the 17th.
I never heard about old Bob. He should have been locked up long ago. 
Did you get that jacket sent yet? I could use it over here now._______________
Well I guess I have run out of things to write.
The light go off in about a half hour. 10:00 o'clock
Bye for now
 HE and AP-T stand for "High Explosive" and "Armor Piercing-Tracer" respectively. link
 He probably shot M3 or M3A1 "grease guns." These were standard until the late 1950s.
 M47 "Patton" tanks were originally equipped with M12 stereoscopic range finders. These were accurate but proved difficult to use and were eventually replaced.
 "Bob" was a notorious drunken no-good in Richland Center--probably like a Bob Ewell of "To Kill A Mockingbird." I wish I had access to the papers from that time so I could give more details.