A lot is mentioned in this letter, from Methodists and the sunny day to shoes and detached service. I teach math and all the info on shoes and cost made me see potential math problems involving the cost of the shoes in 1943 and the cost of shoes now. $8 was quite a bit of money then.
I just wanted to mention a bit about 'detached service'. This was service work done by conscience objectors away from a camp. Some did work in mental hospitals or for other relief organizations. Dad gets interested a couple of times in different opportunities but doesn't leave the camp for detached service until 1945. He does get to take a turn at fighting fires.