Red instead of white (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Apr. 6, 1943 [Apr. 7, 1943]
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 224
% Postmaster San Fran

Dear Mother,

Had some tough luck today – did my washing and the water I rinsed them in was rusty so now my towels etc are red instead of white. Hope the next deal is better.

I’ve been digging in our fox hole today – making it deep and livable just in case. I think we’ll put in a hot dog stand and a beer Keg. Wish we could.

At chow last night, when I told you I was going out – we had spaghetti and meat balls and a peanut butter dessert.

[page 2] We also had scotch & soda in the beginning which was the best part of the whole deal. It is rumored that we will have beer for evening chow but we don’t know for sure.

We are in a dry spell now hasn’t rained for two days.

News are as scarce as the dickens but I’ll try better next time.

Love Daddy


Russell Islands
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1 thought on “Red instead of white (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Red instead of white–I thought it was going to be about wine! Foxhole…I guess he was near battle action.

    “We also had scotch & soda in the beginning which was the best part of the whole deal.” That was one of his tastes that mother tolerated. 🙂


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