May 1, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Fleet P.O. San Francisco Calif.
It seems as if another month has gone by and the good old summer time is drawing near at home and our winter is starting but we sure can’t tell about any difference.
Yesterday P.M. we went swimming for the first time in ages. First we got some limes and did some running around and then swimming and one of the fellows found a clam so we started digging and all in all we had about 3 doz. Of course we were all elated and discussed how we would prepare them but we weren’t sure if they were the eating variety. We then stopped at another place for chow and some fellow there said clams were good only in the R. months or was it in the months without R. So we were confused and threw the clams away. We still had the fun of catching the clams.
Yesterday I mentioned that I knew a fellows life history and he knew mine. Several weeks ago I said families weren’t discussed but that has been changed a bit and we have broken down, but still we don’t discuss things as much as at Noumea.
I have some outside interference of confe conversation so will have to close –
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The R month rule would not have applied below the equator, since the R months are September through April, i.e., when the waters north of the equator are cooler. It’s probably just as well that he threw them away. I can’t imagine that out Indiana farm boy had much experience with fresh clams anyway.