Scare Tactics (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Fran. Cal.
Oct. 7, 1943

Dear Mother,

Your V-mail of Sept. 14, came yesterday. So you see our mail keeps gradually creeping in. Your latest however has been Sept. 23.

Today or rather this A.M. I had wart clinic – cut off four of the things. They were located on knees, arms, etc., and were always getting bumped so we saved them up and had a field day on warts.

I again find myself in one of those blank spaces as far as anything to write but possibly something will come.

I just happened to remember you said D. broke a slat in the v. blind and wonder how I would correct

[page 2] him as far as his climbing urge is concerned. I think you could pretty well imagine how I would take care of him – Remember the old washing machine stick which was more of a bluff than a hurt, but I think it worked. I suspect one would hear a lot of squeaks from J. & M. in case it looked too gruesome but they went thru the same period. There is no doubt in my mind but that D.’s mother has used some such tactics on the little fellow up to now.

Night before last I had a coke. That was the first in over 10 months. It was warm but still tasted like coke. Maybe I stretched that. I believe 3-4 month ago I had one.

You said I shouldn’t send

[page 3] anymore money for presents thru friends. Altogether I have sent word to you by four fellows. Three of whom I gave money. The first you probably won’t hear from. The second there was no money involved. The last two I gave money and I’m sure you will hear from them. It might be a little early yet but I’m sure these last two will come thru. However, I won’t do that anymore. I just wanted you to get something from friends that had gone back.

I hope by now you have the last $250⁰⁰ check I sent on Sept. 16. I’ll send more from time to time.

Some fellow got something in his finger so must go –
Love Daddy

Russell Islands  Image by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license)

Russell Islands
Image by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license)

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2 thoughts on “Scare Tactics (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “more of a bluff than a hurt, but I think it worked.” 🙂

    Warm coke. Yuk. Actually we’ve given up on soda completely.

    I could never have been a doctor: “Some fellow got something in his finger so must go…” 😦

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I haven’t drunk Coca Cola since the early nineties in an attempt to limit caffeine in my life. I do occasionally have root beer or ginger ale but only a couple times a month, maybe. I think my teeth are definitely happy about that. Too much sugar!


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