Oral History Interview
We finally arrived at a place where we saw some black barracks built. We could see some dust blowing and I said, "Oh my gosh." We got off the bus and sure enough, the wind was blowing like anything. We had to line up at the table to register ourselves. There was another line where people lined up to get typhoid shots...We were assigned to different barracks.
We were given a canvas bag and were wondering what we were going to do with it. They told us to go to a pile of hay. We had to fill the canvas bag with the straw that was out there. That was our mattress.
We went inside [the barrack] and we could just smell the dust in there. Every time there's a strong wind you could see the dust coming through the cracks on the floor. Well, we set up our bed, went to sleep, and got up the next morning. We looked, and there was a clear outline of our head on the mattress (chuckle). Where our head was, was white but the rest of it was all gray with sand. My mouth was full of sand and our hair was just all sticky with sand in it!
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