November 14, 1942 (Roscoe)

The United States military created many films during World War II. Some were for the folks back home, while others were for the service members. This film was made to highlight the army’s activity on New Caledonia. While this film does not specifically reference anything in which my grandfather would have participated, it does show the terrain of New Caledonia. If you watch all the way through to the end, you will be honored with some native dancing. This film was made in 1942, most likely just prior to Roscoe’s arrival.

Letter transcription:

Nov. 14, 1942

Dear Mother,

Sat. nite and I suppose there is the usual Sat. nite crowd in town, but it doesn’t seem as if it makes any difference here. We don’t even have boxing shows here anymore so as usual all we have to look forward to is going to bed. Again today we have had the gale which seems to get a little stronger each day. Hope it doesn’t get too stout. It sure makes the sun from being so hot. At night the breeze sure blows over us but with a sheet, blanket and spread it isn’t too cold.

No mail again today – That seems to be getting the usual procedure again, but of course we are spoiled now since we had been getting the back wash so regular. But it is rather discusting [disgusting] to know there is mail coming and none here.

You know this letter writing is getting to be a problem because one day is so much like the last and the ones before etc. I did go to town today and one thing I noticed was

Amborella, a native species of New Caledonia (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Amborella, a native species of New Caledonia (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

[page 2] the increase in green, that seems to be the result of the rains we had here while back and the warm weather. Then too there were odors. I couldn’t distinguish the flowers th it was coming from but it was very noticeable along the way. There are also some very beautiful flowers – deep colors etc. Most of the flowers are small, and all the trees around here are small and there are no jungles in our parts, but plenty of young mountains. In fact our toilet is practically on top of one of them or maybe it just seems that way when we start up in a hurry. I’ll be able to walk all the way to town when I get back without complaining. I haven’t had my oxfords on but a few times since we landed. Always heavy marine shoes and heavy grey socks. Those light back [black] ones I used to wear at home are too thin for heavy walking.

Bridge playing waxes and wanes. I haven’t played any for several days but will start

[page 3] agin [again] one of these days.

Tomorrow is pay day and I’ll try to send some money home. Yours & Davids I’ll send in one chunk, but I’ll send Johns & Marks separately. I’m telling you this so you can check on it. I told you about it once before so that should be enough until after I send it. Guess you have to take care of the folks because I don’t know what I could do.

We lost another tent mate today. He was with us about one week. Here today gone tomorrow, but we seem to stick on the same old stamping ground. Don’t know if that is good or bad. I won’t even hazard a guess.

Well, I haven’t asked for anything so far and I’ve filled up about the usual space so will sign off with Lots of Love,


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1 thought on “November 14, 1942 (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    I don’t think I’d gave gotten on very well under his circumstances…i.e., the boredom factor, i.e., cards now and then, boxing, dime novels….

    “It sure makes the sun from being so hot” should read “It sure makes the tent flap and sway, but it keeps the sun from being so hot.”


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