Canned Goods Will Suffer (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Mar 24, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
A.P.O. 43
% Postmaster
San Francisco, Calif.

Dear Mother,

Plenty of sunshine today after the wet rainy spell of yesterday. Just the way it should be plenty of water yesterday and a good day for laundry today. I put my clothes to soak and soap yesterday A.M. and later in the day put them in freshly caught rinse water and this morn put them out in the bright sunlight and believe it or not they came out nice and white. Three of my tent mates had the same idea this A.M. but they didn’t soak their clothes as I did and

[page 2] hush! They had tattle tail gray. I think you’d get a kick out of laundry day on the ——- ——-. The blanks are for the missing location. Some day I’ll let you know where the blanks refer to but at present it can’t be done for obvious reasons.

Instead of having tea this P.M. we had lime juice and pineapple juice. The only thing lacking was the tinkle of the ice cubes and don’t let me miss lead you. The pineapple juice was canned. However there are a few around here in the natural state.

The moon at present is about as bright as one will ever see – I mean at night – really

[page 3] I think I could write at night. Last night we had fish again and they weren’t brought in in time to prepare before dark so we ate them in moon light and they were sure swell. Fried in deep butter. That is one of the most pleasant experiences after eating spam, corned beef and canned hash. Really I believe the spam companies will go out of business after the war and I’m not so sure but what all canned goods will suffer. Maybe I’m in one of weak moments just now.

Our mail of course is slow as usual but when some does come we are spoiled and keep looking every day for a few days

[page 4] ant then when all hope is abou  abandoned here comes a big bunch. I surely hope mine is getting to you with some regularity.

There is a huge cocoanut just outside our tent door which fell with a resounding thump. It’s about one foot in diameter. That is with the outer covering over the nut. That outer covering is the nuts to get off. It resists cutting prying and sawing but after tedious hours of stabbing one gets a foothold and then the whole outer shell peals off rather easily. However I haven’t seen anyone eat any of the meat for days. It very easy to get filled and stay filled with the stuff.

Well, I feel like I’ve been very extravagant with paper today and said very little so solong
Love Daddy

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6 thoughts on “Canned Goods Will Suffer (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    This funny: “tattle tail gray” ….this is reference to a commercial that was popular at the time, for detergent, to help get clothes really clean….so you won’t be embarrassed by tattle tail gray!

    Fish fried in deep butter….yes, I agree that sounds swell! Long gone are the days of frying in butter….and I know the fish won’t be a source of envy for the Genealogy Lady.

    His prediction about Spam didn’t come true!

    Wow, what a big coconut! “That outer covering is the nuts to get off. It resists cutting prying and sawing….” reminds me of the scene in “Castaway” with Tom Hanks.

  2. Mustang.Koji

    I loved this letter… He sure sounded very jovial in spite of the world war raging about him. As a reference, the “Great Escape” would take place a day later in Europe. But his comments about the canned goods was very common… It is so “odd” to hear our servicemen complain about the (bountiful) canned meats but that was a crucial factor in winning the war so quickly.


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