George Wingfield, Jr. (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

May 29, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran.

Dear Mother,

Just looked at the calendar and decided that if the Indianapolis races were to be held this year it would be day after tomorrow but since they aren’t being held I guess that particular date doesn’t mean any more than any other day.

A letter came from Ruth Y yesterday eve, just telling of their move and a little gossip at the end about Dr. Bond and his office girl which didn’t impress me in any way whatsoever. I guess things

[page 2] like that happen often and whenever they do there is always much talk – regardless of the truth.

It was cool enough for a while last night that I used the sheet and bed spread – maybe that is a sign of winter – However, this A.M. it’s as hot and sticky as ever.

The commanding officer asked me this morn. where I’d like to spend the weekend. I told him I’d like to go the beach and camp out for a night or two. That was the end of the conversation.

Yesterday I told of having eggs for breakfast – well it was different this A.M. – beans and toast. What a meal! I think however we will

[page 3] have cuttin meat today maybe twice. Sure hope there are some of those potatoes left so that we can have French fries. Here I go into the food subject again. It always starts in the conversation as – “How would you like to have a big think steak” and then all the elaborate trimmings that one ever heard of to be added.

Well, I hope some mail gets thru in a day or two –Ruth M & Ruth Y’s letter were both dated May 10. Which is four days later than yours.

So Long
Love Daddy

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Although this letter does not mention Roscoe’s tent mate George, his initials appear on the envelope as the naval censor. At this point, Roscoe has dropped enough clues about his friend George that I have been able to figure out who he was. George Wingfield, Jr. was born 5 May 1914, and died 11 November 1987. He was the son of George Wingfield, Sr. and his wife Maude A. Murdoch. George Wingfield, Sr. was a very powerful and important person in the history of Nevada. In 1993, University of Nevada history professor C. Elizabeth Raymond published her book George Wingfield: Owner and Operator of Nevada. By the 1940s, the two Georges were co-owners of at least two hotels in Reno. In February 1943, Ensign George arrived in the Russell Islands with Roscoe on the U.S.S. John Penn.

Navy Muster Roll of the U.S.S. John Penn, from February 1943

©2014 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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1 thought on “George Wingfield, Jr. (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Of course an Indiana boy would always have the date of the Indianapolis 500 in mind. He actually took me one year when I was a kid.

    “a little gossip at the end about Dr. Bond and his office girl which didn’t impress me in any way whatsoever. I guess things like that happen often and whenever they do there is always much talk – regardless of the truth.” Well, there’s a story that is lost to history, no doubt.

    “The commanding officer asked me this morn. where I’d like to spend the weekend. I told him I’d like to go the beach and camp out for a night or two. That was the end of the conversation.” I doubt he was serious.

    Great detective work on the George Wingfields.

    Reply

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