One Year Ago This Month (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

July 1, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Fran. Calif.

Dear Mother,

Notice the date. The first thing I did upon arising this A.M. was to torn my calendar over. One more calendar moth behind but not quite a month as far as leaving the states is concerned. It sounds good to say, however, that I got my orders one year ago this month – I don’t know what time means because so far as I know no definite time has been set, but we always have hope.

[page 2] I’m not very “writy” this A.M. for some reason – just seems all I can do is sit and look out over the cocoanut trees.

My garden is going to be as I said before a total flop so I don’t have to worry about the work of cultivating or weeding.

We were told we can buy a case of beer today so we can have a little liquid refreshments. It of course will be warm but that isn’t so bad. I’m afraid it would be stolen if it were stored in our Fox Hole but that might keep it a little cooler.

[page 3] I’m writing this on the corner of the table and I mean the corner because it sure is stacked high all over the other portion. Just let me list some of the thing. Three magazines under the paper I’m writing on, 4 novels not stacked neatly, 2 canteen cups with a deck of cards in one – Some pictures of the Island that can’t be sent home. One canteen – Three tubes of burn Jelly are Three cans of burn Jelly – One cup made out of Half a cocoanut – used now as an

[page 4] ashtray, Three china cups for drinking purposes, one copy of the naval regulations, one box of aspirin, one scrub brush, one tin box for my chewing gum, one flash light, one medicine glass – another ash tray and one roll of toilet paper – There may be other things but from where I’m sitting I can’t see them. The other furniture is as orderly and well kept as the table so you can use your imagination –

Love Daddy

P.S. I missed a bottle of merthiolate and a bottle of glue – They were behind something – also six

[page 5] magazines under the pile.

1943 - Russell Islands #5

Possibly one of the pictures of the island that couldn’t be mailed home

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1 thought on “One Year Ago This Month (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    This is a funny letter. All those items listed give a glimpse of daily life. “The other furniture is as orderly and well kept as the table so you can use your imagination” LOL 🙂 Sounds like our apartment at times.

    Still so strange to hear my dad talk about beer….I never knew him to drink it.

    The detail on the photo is amazing when you zoom in.

    “torn” my calendar over should read “turn” “One more calendar moth” should read “month”


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