I am by myself this P.M. (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Jan 12, 1943

Dear Mother,

I’m by myself this P.M. as Fred & Dr. P. are out for the an airing as well as some business. So I might have to work right in the middle of this in case something popps up.

This A.M. I got a call to go to the Commanding Officer’s office for a telephone call, and that was a thrill because that hasn’t happened in about 7 mo. (We don’t have telephones here like in the states). Well when I got there they said the number was the Red Cross so I immediately thought something was amiss. But what they wanted to tell me was – that my answer back to you had been delivered. That was the answer I sent after I got the telegram

[page 2] about the arrival of D. So you see things don’t travel very fast. Then I got a V-mail letter form you dated 9-21-42. In it you told me you had received 5 letters and that you had sent 12 stamps. Those have never arrived. The only stamps I ever received from you were in the Christmas box and those were stamped envelopes. That mail was a little old but appreciated just the same, better than any we are getting now.

I went over to the seashore this A.M. to pick up a few more shells – didn’t have enough – but I know where to go so didn’t spend much time – Just ran over and picked them up.

Dr. Loop was in again today – just for a short time. He wanted to get some things we have in our store.

[page 3] One In one letter I believe it was Sun. I gave you the income since I joined the Navy. I don’t remember what it was I gave you before – but this amount is the official amount. This will be sent in as taxable. I’ll repeat it again. $1317.79 The other amount that I gave you – I figured myself so it may not have been correct.

What is Indiana like now with all the rationing? I can’t imagine how things would be with only 4 gal. of gas per week. Coffee cut down. Meat cut down. What are people doing? Or can you tell any difference? Possible people have written me of those things but I just haven’t heard about them yet. Meaning no mail. I wasn’t going to say anything about that but I just couldn’t seem to write without bringing it in some way. I’m just wondering

[page 4] if our mail is getting that way. Sure hope it is because I know what it is not to have letters now and then.

I’ll finish this after the show – That is I we have one – Later-

The show was “I can’t give you anything but Love Baby,” but the title was misleading. It was a mixture between gangs and lovers – funny but very light in the plot. There was also a Donald Duck feature and of course those are always funny.

Well, I’ve got to get the address below so solong love Daddy

Lt  (jg) Yegerlehner MC USNR
Receiving Station
U.S. Naval Advanced Base
Noumea, New Caledonia
c/o Fleet P.O.
San Francisco Calif.

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2 thoughts on “I am by myself this P.M. (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Yes, I think that call from the Red Cross would have been pretty scary.

    We are always joking about Gladys and her collecting shells when they moved to FLA…but it was a family tradition! 🙂

    We have had war after war since WWII, and never been subjected to rationing. Gives you an idea of how massive an effort WWII was.


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