June 8, 1943
Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran.
Finally got some mail from you – your air mail letters of May 15-16 and May 17, and v-mail of May 12, 21 and 22. The v-mail was latest but Geo and another fellow got air mail dated May 28 – somehow it just doesn’t seem I score as well as I used to, but I won’t complain as long as they keep coming, but as I advised write each every other time if possible to do so. Mark’s letter was in with yours of
[page 2] May 15 but John’s v-mail hasn’t arrived as yet.
The garden seen you sent is still on the way someplace and it might be like the package I sent you from Noumea. The seeds I did sow don’t seem to be doing to well. I think it’s too shady. That might be hard for you to understand but have you ever been in a cocoanut area? There is pretty much of an umbrella growth over head and try as you may there aren’t any areas but what are like that only on the beach and that
[page 3] is hardly the place for a garden. Your letters came late yesterday and I had a hard time getting them read. The interference I had wasn’t the same as yours but I believe more annoying but that’s the way things go, so what?
I don’t believe I would make Mark work any arithmetic out of his L. pad. Encourage him to read for pleasure and a good little problem once in a while involving some of the principles concerned would be OK, but don’t make
[page 4] it a burden for him in the summer time. The cornet idea is good and should be purchased for him if the money is there and maybe a few private lessons if the cash is available. That might help keep him in line as much as hard & cold arithmetic problems.
Lentz and a few of my former friends have been sent to New Zealand for a rest. That was some months ago. Hope they don’t do that to me. I’d rather go thru here and serve my time and then head for U.S.A.
Well, that about takes care of the present –
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I guess the other fellows in the tent: ” The interference I had wasn’t the same as yours but I believe more annoying but that’s the way things go, so what?”
” I don’t believe I would make Mark work any arithmetic out of his L. pad.” ??? Was that a precursor to an iPad? 🙂
I wonder if Mark hated math as much as I did (do).
Eager to get home: ” I’d rather go thru here and serve my time and then head for U.S.A.”
The detail on that photo when you zoom in is amazing.
“The garden seen you sent” should read “seed”
The L. pad was a math workbook (old fashioned paper) that was sent home of the summer for him to work on. 🙂 I believe this workbook was mentioned in an earlier letter.