During World War II, Lt. Comdr. Roscoe S. Yegerlehner served in the Navy. He was a country doctor from rural Indiana with privileges at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana and Iroquois Hospital in Watseka, Illinois. He enlisted in 1942 and was released from active duty in 1946. Roscoe was stationed away from his family for almost two years, serving at bases around the Pacific including the Naval base at New Caledonia. In February 1943, he was re-assigned to Operation Cleanslate’s initial wave that transformed the Russell Islands into an operating base and airstrip. During the years 1942-1944, Roscoe and Gladys wrote to each other every day while they were apart. In all, they wrote nearly 1,000 letters, spanning the period from May 1942 through 1946. Join me as I share a letter a day over the next few years.
“If you can only say so much you know I always look for letters and don’t think they are ever dull – I have saved every one – I think they should be kept to hand down to the grandchildren –” Gladys Yegerlehner, March 26, 1943, Kentland, Indiana