put on a good one and one half inches on my chest,
in a month. I want to get an eighteen inch arm and
a forty eight or fifty inch chest.
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I flew a B 17 for about 20 minutes. I was up for
3 hours and I'm going up
again tomorrow for three hours. I'll get some more
stick time as usual. I
guess I'll get about 12 hours in the B 17 while
decided to go on & not stay as an instructor
here as I don't have enough time to work out. I
think I'll go to California to factory school for
6 weeks then to gunnery. I hope, as that's the only
way I'll get any stripes. But then I have muscles;
they make up for not having stripes. EXTRA I just
lifted 315 lbs while in a prone position.
yea if I go to California I'll take good care of
our girls. I mean I'll
kiss Bobby & your girl for you, I know that
will make you happy.
Lowry Field is great. They have a swell gym with
about 400 lbs of weights a good bar and rings. You
can check out towels, shoes, shorts, and all. Good
saw a guy, he sure was built swell, what a man,
no fooling. I guess my mouth gaped when he beat
my prone of 315, he got 320. I mean to tell you
he is a man and a half. I didn't get his name but
you should see his chest & arms. I think his
name is Kolz, no that isn't it, oh yes his name
was Howard, that's it what a man!
We only get passes once a week from 1800 Saturday
until 1300 Monday so I guess I'll find a church.
I looked around Denver Saturday night and Sunday
after church. It is really pretty, more trees than
I have seen anyplace and the mountains are really
When I came in the army I had a 39 blouse then a
40 and now a 42. It fits all right in the chest
but you should see how the darn things fits in the
waist. I've got to get it taken in or put in pillow
in. Shirts are just as bad. I have a job now getting
anything to fit. All chest, or real man, that's
it. I just got back from the gym I was there for
three and one half hours. I really feel it now.
just been to the gym 3 times now and already fellows
want me to be a teacher there but I told them no
because I won't have enough time to work out myself.
But I help them. I have about 8 fellows now who
follow my work out scudule, schudel? Schedule right?
How in the hell do you spell it?
was asked to do a little show here Friday. He wanted
me to lift and show off or pose, you know me and
my chest and arms. I told him "hell no."
He said you like to work out in the gym don't you?
I agreed to do the show, said I'll do some practicing
around 300 lbs so he said swell He's going to fix
me up with a special pass in the middle of the week.
When the war is over I would like to set up a gym.
I want to tour around and see other gym's for ideas.
I want it to be a really good gym with hot &
cold pots and steam baths and things for business
men as well as weight lifting. One reason I want
to go overseas is so I can save more towards getting
Mike has a girl in town, without asking me he set
up a blind date for me. She has a 41 convertible
club coupe so I didn't kick it. I'll wait till after
the date & if she isn't a Q.T. I'll kick his
butt. I guess I'll give the lucky girl a break,
I'll let her drive me around Denver and in the mountains
and show me the town, well why not? I have to kick
Mike's butt the girl had a honey of a car but she
wasn't so cute, I didn't even try to kiss her as
I'm getting fussy.
the war is over I'm going to fix up my car, it will
take about a week. I know a lot about engines &
how to adjust them. When I get done it will be a
1950 car. (his car was a 1940 Pontiac.)
is a fellow here in gym who always watches me work
out. He asked me what good it was going to do me.
He said with the few little holds he knows he could
pin me. I said I doubt it. He challenged me so I
accepted, I had been working out and was tired.
He was faster than hell and knew a lot of holds
but he didn't get any on me. He had a small back
so I got a bear hug on him and threw him down that
way. It took me 4 minutes to pin him. He was embarrassed
as a lot of fellows were watching. All he said was,
you're to darn strong for me and stepped out of
the ring. Now he plans to start to
work out with me and forget wrestling for awhile.
That tickled me.
The fellow I used to work out with in Armadillo
came here and is just a week behind me in school.
He is a really swell fellow. He has been
assigned my lower bunk. We are working out together
again. He doesn't smoke or drink and so on I figured
he just knew better Sunday morning I found out he
is a Mormon so now we go to church together too.
I got a extra pass for putting on the weight lifting
show I asked for Tuesday so we can go to MIA. (A
church organization for the youth) Then we go to
the church dance on Saturday.
I know a bit about rubbing down but not as much
as I intend to learn, I intend to get some charts
and a couple of books on anatomy and body muscles.
Lt. is ordering a Fackob or Jockson Olympic around
500 lbs or so. It will be a honey. It's a little
heavy and big for me to carry off but after the
I should ship soon. If I chance to fly over your
ship I will drop a weight with a note.
I'm in Lincoln Nebraska now. The camp is a hell
hole, not worth a darn, tar paper barracks, coal
stoves, plenty of smoke, at night it's colder than
hell. The gym here isn't so hot either. All they
have is an Olympic York set that only goes to 270
lbs and another that goes to 150 lbs, that's all.
I'm here until I finish processing which shouldn't
had a swell time while I was at home. I took Bobbie
out a couple of
times. I had a good time. She is a good clean girl
and a Mormon too.
When I flew back I stopped over in Salt Lake City.
I saw the Andrus family.
next day I went to the temple grounds and really
looked it over. I guess I spent a couple of hours
there. Talk about cute girls. There are some really
cute ones in Salt Lake City. Must go back there
after the war is over.
Here is a recipe. It's reallll good. It is a drink
out of Soy-a-malt and
wheat germ. Here goes. Use about a pint of water
or how much you want to make put in soy-a-malt and
shake well till all mixed. I use a little more than
directions say to use. After mixed then add your
wheat germ and shake well again. Then oh boy its
really good and darn good for you, but I guess you
know that. I just sit down on my bunk and start
mixing mine and of course a lot of fellows look
over and smile. So I take my shirt off and with
a big chest I put on a show for the slim boy's.
I lie on my bunk and smile as I drink it down. They
drool no fooling. I don't even let them get a smell
of it. I finished off a quart of my drink and it
is better than malted milk no fooling.
I'm going to Clovis. First of all I get at least
10 days home.
just finished a work out in the gym. I think I told
you the first time I tried a back lever on the rings
I did it. It really surprised a few boys who have
been trying to do it for weeks and couldn't. They
thought I couldn't do it either. Tonight I tried
a cork screw in the rings I did it on the third
try. Working out really makes me feel good.
a sergeant tried to pull rank on me. I told him
I'd pull muscles on him. He didn't know me very
well so he doubted I could. After a few hand to
hand tricks he got what I meant and said no more.
Our crew is all together they are a swell bunch
of fellows, we took our first flight in a B 29 the
other day. It is a honey, really rides smooth, a
lot smoother than the B 17 or 24 and a hell of a
lot better & there's no comparison in the speed
or even bomb load. The engineer is really a busy
fellow. We fly again Sunday each mission is around
7 hours and one of them will be 16 hours.
I was in the gym the other day and I felt pretty
good so I thought I'd go in high weights so I started
at 280, 290, 300, 315, 320, then I hit 325. I think
I can beat that next time I try as it went up pretty
I met a cute girl in Kansas City while I stopped
over there for a couple of hours. Talk about a build
and pretty, she was swell. I even hated to leave
there, strange all we did was talk. She went with
me to the train and said as I left I sure enjoyed
talking with you and I hope I hear from you and
see you again. She loves me! I met her through S
& H magazine. That is she had just bought a
copy when I went to purchase one. She works out
with a skip rope and other exercises. She wants
to work out with me, can you beat that.
I sure have a good A.C. & the whole crew is
pretty good our CFC gunner is really a good boxer
won a lot of first place's and has never lost a
He fought in the golden gloves. I sure do have fun
nailing him. He can't get over it. It sure makes
him mad for me to just take him down when ever I
want to but he is getting over it.
guys bet me a silver bracelet that I couldn't walk
up and down a flight of stairs on my hands. I won
I got to see my sister Verda her husband Roy Watkins
is stationed here. I got to take her on board a B
We were flying at 25,000 feet on the 20th when we
blew a cylinder. We feathered the engine number one
and were going back to Clovis when # 4 engine really
started to throw oil so we landed at Rosewell. While
we were waiting for them to change engines I went
to the gym and here is the good news. They had dumbbells
there solid 5# 10# 40# 60# 100#. They only had one
60# so I took the two 40#. They might even be heaver
than 40#. I took them back to the plane. We left the
B 29 there and took a B 17 home. So now every night
I am going to work out. I wish I'd of had a wrench
along I could have gotten some swell cables.
It is windy today 40 MPH with gusts of 60 MPH. The
sand is sure blowing this is a heck of a place. But
I guess I can take it a little longer as it won't
be long now till I'll be shipping and going to staging
then over seas.
a great trip over to Hawaii. We were there for three
days. I was in town two days. All I saw were sailors
all over the place. I went surfing and saw the best
places, parks, and birds. When we left there we
went to Kaualjalein Island for refueling and remained
over night. Then we left for guess where? We have
good weather here nice and hot I've been swimming
two times already & not a bad beach a few corals,
sharp shells, and so on I'm just a little red now.
I climbed a palm tree and got a big coconut. By
the time I finished all my clothes were wet from
sweat, in other words it is hotter than hell.
Melvin's last letter was dated 12 May 1945.
Melvin died 25 May 1945
Melvin purchased some drinking glasses that he sent
home to his mother. They had hula girls on them.
She opened the package and put then in her china
cupboard without using them. Years later a grandson
Larry Coulson was examining them when he discovered
that from the inside they were rather naked hula
dancers. Melvin's mother was very surprised that
he would play such a trick on her but she laughed
as hard as the rest of us.