Armistice Day (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Nov. 11, 1942

Dear Mother,

This being my P.M. off I have done exactly nothing. Right after noon chow I came to the tent crawled into my bunk and have been here since, only to take a bath. Have had a little sun bath since my tent bunk is along the west side of the tent and extends north & south. And with the flap of the tent up the sun comes in late in the Eve. One has to stir around during the day or use the net because the mosquitoes take unfair advantage and bite in the day time when they are supposed to do their work only at night.

We were fortunate enough last night to hear some news from U.S.A. again. We got the news mostly from North Africa. Not much from our section was mentioned.

My tent mates are talking of eating – about steak, baked potatoes, etc. Wonder what those things are like, but our eats haven’t been bad. We’ve had fresh meat now for some time with emphasis on lamb. I’m not so crazy about lamb but it could be worse.

This being Armistice Day there was some

[page 2] little celebration. One fellow who was in the last war had a little whiskey and invited us to take a drink. Said he hadn’t missed since the last war and didn’t want to today and he didn’t. Had to go very easy because there was only a small amount of the stuff left. He said his wife always let him drink on that one day. She took care of the calls etc. That day and the next. He now has two boys in the air corps so he knows what the whole situation is like. We do meet some varied and unusual people. There is one father & son combination here both are rated the same – live together and work together, both are hospital corpsmen.

So far today no mail but it is a little early 1645. It may come in around 1700 as it frequently does.

Our mornings are generally much warmer than the P.M. The breeze in the P.M. helps lots. I was lying here in the sun this P.M. not think I rolled over, the metal from my dog tag touched me and I’ll swear it burned. That’s the way the sun feels. Guess it’s a little different there although you may be having some pretty warm weather there as

[page 3] is often the case in November.

I haven’t seen Dr. Ash for some time. He hasn’t been over my way and I haven’t been in his direction so we just haven’t compared stories.

When the Christmas rush is over I want you to send me a small box of crackers and a couple tins of sardines. Just small boxes. We can’t buy things like that and that would be fine to munch on now & then. We have so much carbohydrates that candy doesn’t seem to hit the spot so well. No the reason I didn’t write about those before was because I didn’t think or wasn’t hungry for those things. Don’t send them during the Christmas rush or it you do wrap them very good. I finish later we may get mail.

Later – no mail today – have been rather busy now for the past few hours. Went to town in the ambulance and have been ranting around in general. Maybe more mail will be coming tomorrow I hope –

Good Nite
Lots of Love
Daddy

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4 thoughts on “Armistice Day (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Very interesting: “This being Armistice Day there was some little celebration. One fellow who was in the last war had a little whiskey and invited us to take a drink. Said he hadn’t missed since the last war and didn’t want to today and he didn’t. Had to go very easy because there was only a small amount of the stuff left. He said his wife always let him drink on that one day.” Since doctors of any age could serve, it’s not surprising that here was a man old enough to have been in the war some 25 years earlier. That’s a nice tradition, to have a drink of whiskey every Armistice Day.

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    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Dr. Lentz was five years older than Roscoe. He had served in World War I. He was a very young man, before he became a doctor. I have wondered if the first war influenced his decision to become a doctor.

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