First Anniversary of Pearl Harbor (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Dec. 7, 1942

Dear Mother,

I’ve just finished writing Mrs. Plummer. I’d planned on doing that for some days now. Not for any reason at all only that we were there on that day. In some ways this seems a short year and in other ways it seems very long – Lots have happened in the year’s time but in some ways I guess we are very lucky – We can still write each other – which is better than some of my friends can do. Maybe the next year will be even better for us – we hope.

Fred and I started to take a bath but it started to rain and since we had to go so far we decided to wait until tomorrow or just get out in the rain, but I suppose about the time we got a good soap worked up it would stop. So we are planning on doing the ordeal tomorrow. I

[page 2] I haven’t been to the ocean for days but if you want some more coral I have to go back. Fred promised his wife he would send her a necklace but he hasn’t done anything about it yet. Hope you got the one I sent. Some have bought that kind but there are none for sale here they were bought in Samoa. I have a few shells here now but none very good so when I get in the mood and have time I’ll run over. I also have some more gun shells for the boys. I do have some cat’s eyes. It’s a type of shell that comes from the tail end of a snail. The snail draws it in to complete its shells. These are I think very pretty and could be set either for ear rings or for a ring. I’ll send them home one of these days and you can do with them what you like. I don’t believe they are quite your color but maybe they are. You can decide that. I know Mark will get a kick out of the shells I’ll send to them. I’ll write when I send them. Must

[page 3] find a box first.

I just happened to remember – The tablets you wrote about for Otto Paul were thyroid grains one. They were a brown tablet put out by Massengill. I suppose none other would do. There may be some there yet. I used to sell him about 60 for one dollar. Maybe you can work up a deal. If not send him to the drug store or just write and give it to Boonie and he can send them to him.

There has been no mail so far today but we don’t give up until after 5:00. The rain has slowed down to occasional showers now and the mud is drying up – Somewhat. Will stop now and add a line in case something developes –

Lots of Love Daddy
P.S. no mail – There was some in camp but all old mail –
P.S. I’m sending a dollar bill – keep it. Is the Hawaii brand – Must have been put out for a purpose. Also some local money

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1 thought on “First Anniversary of Pearl Harbor (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    60 thyroid tablets for a dollar 🙂

    “I’m sending a dollar bill – keep it. Is the Hawaii brand – Must have been put out for a purpose.” That would probably be worth something to a collector today.


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