Italy Surrenders (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

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

Dear Mother,

Your two v-mail letters of Aug. 16 and Aug. 21 came yesterday. They are a little late but keep writing them along.

We got the news of Italy surrendering this A.M. at breakfast time – sounds pretty good. When Africa fell I predicted that this would happen but Sept. 1st. So I missed by 9 days. My latest is that Germany will do the same before Jan. 1st 1944 of course many others are predicting the same way. I missed the fall of Africa just one month I was that much too early. Enough about my ability as a prophet. Only this I have some about Japan but I’d better not write them.

[page 2] I’ve tried once again to get you some flowers and I do hope this will come in time for your birthday. Maybe before that time I think I tried a more reliable individual this time so I’m hoping.

Your statement about planes coming over each day was interesting. I suppose Mark tries to give the names and kinds. It sure does seem funny that a little spot back there in Indiana comes under the air lanes, and of course it’s a welcome sight especially if they have the correct insignia which no doubt all of those do have back there.

I think we can notice the approach of summer in this area for it seems much hotter now than a few

[page 3] months ago. Newcomers seem to have a harder time than us old timers. I guess there is such as thing as getting used to the climate.

Maybe you have received word from some of my returning friends and think you shouldn’t write it back. It’s alright to say that you heard from them but you need not write what they tell you for I know all of that.

Well, I have some reports to get out so will dive into those at this time
Love Daddy.

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1 thought on “Italy Surrenders (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Great link to that news broadcast about Italy’s surrender.

    “It sure does seem funny that a little spot back there in Indiana comes under the air lanes.” By the time I was old enough to remember there wasn’t very much airplane activity over Kentland.


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