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January 7, 1942 

Took Platoon up to top today and started the inf. drill. We’re going to be mighty expensive doughboys. Have three days to get everything taught. I’ve forgotten an awful lot of this stuff.

It was indeed an expensive use of trained Air Corps personnel and not surprisingly met with disgruntlement among many. Having taken ROTC at Ohio University and commissioned as a 2d Lt. in Infantry, Burns was familiar with basic infantry training.