Sardines and Onions (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

May 9, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran

Dear Mother,

I’ve been going around this A.M. with a bran new pair of boots and really enjoying slopping – just like a kid with a new pair. We’ve had some rain and the need for something of that sort is terrific.

You have heard lots of stories about the “back house” and the clothes line – we had that happen last night only the fellow was returning from the “back house” and no harmful affects except a little “beefing”

[page 2] this morn. He says it was my line but he was way off the beam if that was the case and he readily admitted that he was a poor navigator.

For the past week we have by hook or something gotten some onions and sardines and here’s how we have been eating them. Take out the sardines place them on a plate – Then chop onions into the oil remaining in the can. Cover with vinegar and let set 5 min and then take one fork and pass both sardines and onions – each taking his mouthful in turn – you’d be surprised without even bread

[page 3] or crackers how good the mixture really does taste. Of course that is a between meal snack. The smell of our surroundings must be something because that has gone on for several days. I feel very sorry for the sick boys when go around to see how they are getting along.

Our mail has been very muchly absent for some time now but in due time it will come along and as I’ve told you before I know your mail will be spotty so don’t worry.

The one uniform check for 150⁰⁰ is in the mail and the other

[page 4] 100⁰⁰ will be coming along in a few days. If you need this money use it otherwise pay off the Ins loan – as we had planned.

This being Mother’s day I hope it will find everything very good for you and also may I wish you a happy wedding ann. as I think I’ve done before.

I’ve written quite a bit but said nothing so maybe I’d better stop while these pages are free of injected bits of local unrefined phrases.

Love Daddy

Russell Islands  Image by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license)

Russell Islands
Image by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license)

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1 thought on “Sardines and Onions (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    I guess the “back house” means the outhouse, and this is a reference to someone running into a clothesline when stumbling back in the dark.

    I am not convinced at all that the sardine/onion/vinegar mixture was tasty. And yes, his breath was probably pretty bad as he made his rounds.


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