Why no songs about New Caledonia (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Dec. 22 1942

The Burma Convoy (1941)

The Burma Convoy (1941)

Dear Mother,

Just back from the show and I’m a little chilly. The show tonite was “The Burma Convoy.” Pretty good show. I don’t understand why shows and songs are written. One about “On the Road to Mandaley.” Songs about Samoa. Why no songs about New Caledonia. Seems this place would be a fit place to write a song about although I’d rather sing it in U.S.A.

I got a letter today from the Lontz boy that lives in Kentland. I didn’t know he was here but I’m going to look him up. Just got the letter this evening. He has been here since Mar. so he we probably has some

[page 2] things in common.

I got a letter (V-mail) from each of the boys today. Was glad to hear from them and some of these days I’ll write them again but it seems I’m always behind on letters. I’ve been trying to answer the letters the same day they come in but haven’t been able to do so lately because of the shows and incidentally work also.

We’ve had rice and hot chilli soup now – 2 times in the last 4 days and I can’t say I like it too much. Of course I get along and am not loosing too much weight. I’m about 3-4 pounds heavier than when I left home. Maybe it’s the heavy shoes

[page 3] we wear. Gee it will seem funny to wear clothes other than Khaki and low shoes and take a warm bath and use a water stool and not be invaded by 8 other fellows doing the same thing in a nine holer. We all get along however and are able to smile and joke and be good fellows with one and another.

And I want you to know we have a Christmas tree. It’s pretty sad looking but it will do for want of something better. Looks more like a pussy willow but it’s green. This is the first day out of the past 10 that it hasn’t rained and was that sun hot. This is our first day of summer but

[page 4] Our open air show started at 7:30 P.M. I’m trying to say the twilight doesn’t last long because at home at 7:30 in the summer time it would be much to light to start a show in the open.

Our news has been very scarce lately. Not much in our local paper nor over the radio but our radio is a one lung[?] affair and the programs that are broadcast to the boys overseas are more or less a myth and the U.S. O. is a good organization for the arm chair fighters at home and the social workers in the U.S.A. Where they are needed, “puey.” Pardon Me.

Lots of Love Daddy

OVER

This is a candy envelope.

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1 thought on “Why no songs about New Caledonia (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “…although I’d rather sing it in U.S.A.” 🙂

    “Gee it will seem funny to wear clothes other than Khaki and low shoes and take a warm bath and use a water stool and not be invaded by 8 other fellows doing the same thing in a nine holer. We all get along however and are able to smile and joke and be good fellows with one and another.” I guess the loss of privacy could be a real strain.

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