November 23, 1942 (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Nov. 23, 1942

Dear Mother,

This was really a red letter day got 4 V-mail letters and 4 regular air mail letters. 3 of the V-mail letters were from you one from John. One letter each from Boonie, Bob Hufty, Ed Johnson and Mom. So with the 2 letters yesterday and the 8 today that makes pretty good mail. Your letters of course five news of home but the others give me news of the town and the country in general. The road change seems to be serious as far as the town of Kentland is concerned but I suppose it is all settled by now so no use for me to worry about it now. The letters I got today were dated Nov. 11. Except the V-mail which were dated along the first of Nov. So the V-mail are slower.

I’m afraid lots of the fun and sport of the folks will be spoiled by the fact that they can no longer guess where I am for the new address will clear that situation completely, but if we should move on then the guessing would start all over again. I wrote 5 letters yesterday – and will have to write more

[page 2] again tonite to answer what I got today. Of course I wrote the folks yesterday and won’t write them again until next Sun, but will have to write Bob, Ed and Boonie. I suppose I should write one letter and have carbon copies made but they are very close and would compare them. Ed said he read my letter to Rotary – wish I could remember what I wrote in that letter but it’s been so long I just don’t know and I’ve written him two so don’t know which it was. Bob said I didn’t answer his letter but I did each time the day after he wrote so it either got lost or else there was a mix up in the going & coming.

One of those V-mails was from John but I didn’t get one from Mark. I thought you said Mark wrote also. It probably got lost and will be coming along later. I still have that blank space from Sept 20 to Sept 26 with no mail and now it will be from Oct 27 and Nov 10. With no packages as yet, but some according to the way you wrote haven’t [?] been sent long enough. You said you got the box of shells and there is still the other box containing the bath mat and that wonderful necklace I made. I haven’t been to the sea

[page 3] for so long – maybe we’ll go out for an outing tomorrow P.M. The boss promised Fred and I the P.M. off. I never have told you about Fred. He is very much the opposite of Knoby Walsh. He is tall – very much excitable and not one bit true to his love – his wife at least not while in the States here of course he hasn’t had a chance to be untrue. He argues much on politics and religion and get drunk when he gets a chance of course around here on duty he is very tender hearted etc. He is a Lt (jg) and he and I work and are the only two (jg) left. He as I said is tall 6 ft. 2 in. and around the camp we are together all time because we have the work to do. He’s not as bad as I say – only a great big boy who strays very easy. He’s perfectly OK until someone offers him a drink or asks him to go someplace and it doesn’t take the second invitation. Don’t be alarmed at my association because you know me.

So much for my friend. The last mail is in today so I don’t expect anymore. So I’ll close this letter and won’t forget it. I sometimes don’t close until late and then get busy and forget. So Solong until tomorrow. I love you


P.S. I happen to know the address you gave for Dr. Joe is New Zealand – So you might tell Mrs. R

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2 thoughts on “November 23, 1942 (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “I wrote the folks yesterday and won’t write them again until next Sun, but will have to write Bob, Ed and Boonie”–so frustrating that all of these letters are no doubt lost forever, or in attics somewhere.

    LOL: “He’s not as bad as I say – only a great big boy who strays very easy.”

    “Your letters of course five news of home” five should read give

  2. Catherine

    “Don’t be alarmed at my association because you know me.” … Reminds me of a TV show I watched tonight re: letters between husbands and wives during WW1 on this very matter… 😉


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