Navy 224 (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Mon. [February 15, 1943]
Lt (jg) Yegerlehner
Navy 224
% Fleet P.O.
San Francisco Calif.

Dear Mother,

Use the above address when writing in the future.

Everything is swell. Weather still warm and most of us griping as usual. Your mail to me will be delayed a little due to the change in address but it will reach me in due time.

Don’t expect my mail to you to be as regular as it was for some time. Tell

[page 2] the boys I’ll write them later. You can also drop the folk a line and I’ll write them later.

The box I was going to send home will be stored so don’t expect it. I’ll be able to write more later so for the moment Solong.

Love Daddy


U. S. S. John Penn – Image courtesy of Wikipedia

At this point, Roscoe was being transferred. He was detached from his post at the Advanced Naval Base at Noumea, New Caledonia. On February 12, he boarded the ship U. S. S. JOHN PENN and was transported to his new location. He was part of “The First Special Detail.” The above letter was likely written on board the U. S. S. JOHN PENN. Arriving on February 16, 1943, Roscoe and his companions disembarked as members of Advance Naval Base Cleanslate. Time will tell where Cleanslate was located.


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The U. S. S. JOHN PENN was torpedoed and sunk later that year near Guadalcanal. For more information on this ship:

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