"The other day, I ran across a book on how to read blueprints, and since I've always wanted to be able to read a blueprint, I read the book. It was more or less of a schoolbook with drawings and problems, which I enjoyed. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to read a print."
The long hospital stay continues; Babe sounds like he's being treated well, especially by family and friends who have continued to send packages.
Babe was able to spin out a decent letter, in spite of suffering from the boredom of a long hospital stay after his injury. " There is a movie in the hospital which plays three times a week. The rest of my time is spent either thinking or reading at a ratio of three to one."
We are five paragraphs into this letter before Babe bothers to mention receiving his medal. First, food and a pen-and-pencil set were more pressing issues.
Babe hurried out this quick letter in hopes that the news would reach his parents this way before the War Department telegram got there.