Amanuensis Monday – July 11, 1942

There is definitely a routine to my grandfather’s letters at this point. Many of his letters open with how many letters received and which ones. This is a fairly typical interchange between my grandparents: I received this one, etc but nothing from such and such a date or I haven’t received anything for so many days. As the war progress, this will become the opening routine of most of their letters. Work for my grandfather seemed quite monotonous. More sailors arrived every day for the doctors to examine and inoculate. More jg’s were also expected. After a break of about 11 days, another doctor finally received orders to be transferred to another post. My grandfather also seemed very anxious to get a leave home. He did not exactly say why specifically but I’m sure we can all sympathize with his desire to go home, at least for a little while. At this point, he received some resistance from his commanding officer and the leave was not granted. Roscoe sent in his application for Flight school. He informed Gladys of his decision but waited for her response. I’m not sure that he liked what she wrote back. He began to second guess his decision to apply. By July 11th, he had not heard anything about the application and did not know if it was accepted.

I learned a few things this week that I hadn’t known before. My grandfather liked to read detective stories. He was taking a correspondence course and another weekly class on Navy regulations. He didn’t know if his sons knew about their mother being pregnant yet. I don’t know what the custom was in those days for telling the family about a new arrival. These days, families seem to wait until the first trimester has passed before passing along the good news. In July 1942, my grandmother was certainly past the 3 month mark in her pregnancy. I know my grandmother was a trim woman and as the pictures from June attest, she certainly was not showing her pregnancy (at least to the uninformed eye). I can tell somewhat because she looks a little rounder in the face compared to other pictures I have of her (before & after 1942).

This next week will certainly bring some changes and break the monotomy.


Letter translation:

Dear Mother,

I’m writing this at the base as you will note from the stationary. There really isn’t much to write about but there is just a little lull right now so. Sun Duty is a thing that everyone doesn’t like because it makes 7 days in the week instead of six and it gets pretty monotonous sitting here with not much to do, only accident and the minor run sicknesses.

We had special order (?) passed around that th to be on the alert for saboteurs and the like but so far there has been nothing unusual happened.

Had a good dinner – Ham, cabbage, mashed pot[atoes]


(page 2) Ice tea, Ice cream + coke. With soup to start things off with.

I’m going in the first thing in the A.M. to see about the leave- Maybe I can get it for sometime during the week. I hope.

Well, will write more later

Love Daddy

2 thoughts on “Amanuensis Monday – July 11, 1942

  1. notsofancynancy

    It is a common thing in my fathers letter, if he received mail and how much. Now that he is overseas it is very unpredictable and it seems his mood relies on if he got any. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I neglected to mention that I have come to the conclusion that most letters during the war seem to have similar topics, like when was the last letter. I can imagine how lonely the soldiers were and how much the letters really helped their moods.


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