May 25, 1943
Lieut R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran.
As I remember it this is the day or was the day some 14 years ago – of course I could have missed it a few days but I think I’m correct. I sure hope the next one will be more pleasant for both of us.
I wrote a letter to “Hicky” Reinhart yesterday – sure hope he gets this in better time than the last one. Both our letters made two way trips because they had been sent to the place we were transferred from.
I told you about having fresh potatoes – well from that same source the fellow got a piece of frozen meat all packed in a burlap sack and he thought it was pork – but it’s Lamb. That is OK, but as a rule Navy lamb isn’t what civilian lamb is. I think it was lamb – several years ago and eventually grew out of that stage.
Yesterday being laundry day I have my clothes all clean and ready for another week. The wash this week consisted of 2 sheets, 3 shirts, one pair of pants, 4 towels, 5 underware trunks and
[page 3] numerous socks. It is washed for us and we hang it to dry and do the pressing simply by folding. In that way everyone from the highest to the lowest looks wrinkled but that doesn’t bother.
The last few nights the moon has been unusually bright and it sure is beautiful intermingled with palm trees and ocean but under present circumstances the beauty is somewhat retracted from.
We had hearts of coconuts again last night for supper – It’s the million dollar dish but I’d rather have good old celery or carrot sticks served in ice
[page 4] cold water.
This is just a hint – If you could pick up a few cans of canned chicken it sure would be fine – provided it didn’t cut too much off your own rations – we had some the other day that a fellow got from home and it was delish – but I wouldn’t want to use up any of the rations for you and the boys – a can of olives would also be appreciated.
Well, I’ve said about enough – hope you are enjoying the anniversary day as much as possible under the circumstances and may the next be more enjoyable
Lots of Love
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His very droll sense of humor: “as a rule Navy lamb isn’t what civilian lamb is. I think it was lamb – several years ago and eventually grew out of that stage.”
“In that way everyone from the highest to the lowest looks wrinkled but that doesn’t bother.” I’m beginning to feel this way. 🙂
Poignant comment about the bright moonlight and the beauty of the scene….
“a can of olives would also be appreciated.” I think he meant black olives…..so that food preference has been passed along! 🙂