It’s 1943! (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Receiving Station
U.S. Naval Advanced Base
Noumea New Caledonia
c/o Fleet P.O.
San Fran Calif

Dear Mother,

After finishing your letter last night I received 8 letters. One from Ruth Y., one from John (a greeting) and 6 from you but those were all back of the ones that came earlier this week. I hope the next ones come pretty soon because in that last one Mark wasn’t feeling so well. Your note you added in the A.M. was better, however.

Now if you haven’t done anything about the tax (I’m quoting your letter of Dec. 7). Here is what I’d like for you to do. Pay all of last year’s – I mean 1941 – In other words complete the installments. That was made before I joined the Navy and of course would never be cancelled. Then after you get that done

[page 2] if you have enough money to do that. I’m not so much interested in paying 1942, because I don’t believe it will be much, but send me the figures and I’ll tell you what I want to do and if it doesn’t meet with yours & Agnes’ approval OK. But the 1941 will have to be paid sooner or later anyway. You’ll probably have some explaining to do or pay a penalty or interest on those last two installments. So that’s about all about taxes. The total taxable amount that I have made since May 20 had been $1,317.79. And that to be added to the first part of the year less deductions. I wrote that once before but thought best to repeat.

Glad you got that last box of shells. I’m not sure how long that string in the shells will last but it was the best I had and there is a knack to stringing those things. That thing is exclusive because I don’t believe there is another like it anywhere. Couldn’t be.

[page 3] I got the idea from one Lentz bought at another Island. I thought it rather unique but as far as fancy it isn’t. I’m anxious to get your reaction to the Cat’s Eyes I sent a few weeks ago and the boys’ reaction to the 20 millimeter and the 50 caliber shells I sent them. The bath mat was for D. So so far all have gotten something.

I got a kick out of the Krug boys idea of a comeback. After all he did have something. I’ve got some metal money of Noumea I want to send but will wait until I get other things to send along.

Yesterday when I got the eight letters (you remember I got 14 a day or so ago). Well Fred seemed a little jealous said the only reason I got that many was because I wrote every day and that was useless because there wasn’t that much news. I was reading one of your letters and it was the two page variety

[page 4] but he said there couldn’t be much in it. All I said was that I like to read them just the same. It all reads good even if there is no news – but I’ll say most all of them as far as I’m concerned are jammed full of interesting things. Lots better I think than many of the letters I censor every day. Of course those are most or less scanned very rapidly and aren’t in the least interesting. One day I got one of your letters just after finishing censoring and I found myself reading it just like when I censor. Then I happened to think. So the first part of the letter was reread.

This being New Year’s day we had creamed turkey – mashed potatoes, peas bean & carrot salad and apple pie, good enough but I haven’t been eating very heavy – don’t get enough exercise.

The picture of the house with the snow was swell. That snow. Of course the house was O.K. also. I’m putting all

[page 5] of D. pictures in order of the age. And I can see that he is growing.

You remember the purse and picture folder you sent me. Now I’d like a picture of each of you about that size. Not a snap shot. D. might be a little hard to catch – I mentioned that before, but you haven’t had time for that yet so if you haven’t started had them taken I wish you would. You an buy folders just like that. Several of the fellows have them.

Don’t know if there will be any mail today or not. I’ve written Joe R. but have had no word and I also sent a personal note but haven’t heard from him on either count.

Well if anything further develops I’ll add a line.

Lots of Love


P.S. I forgot – a happy New Year again.

P.S. 2 Write a V-mail letter now and then I believe they will be faster than air mail in the near future.

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2 thoughts on “It’s 1943! (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Wow: this must have been excitingl: “After finishing your letter last night I received 8 letters.”

    Such a pity that this didn’t survive: “That thing is exclusive because I don’t believe there is another like it anywhere. Couldn’t be.”

    “You an buy folders just like that.” should read ‘you can buy’


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