Base Hospital #4 (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4 Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Nov. 11, 1943

Dear Mother,

All the rainy weather of the past few days has been canceled by the fine warm sunshine of today. This is really the first good day since I arrived, and from what I can learn the bad days here are much in the majority.

Today was the first day I was able to send any laundry as it is collected and delivered only once per week. At least here we don’t have to bother about drying the stuff and it is also starched and neatly ironed. All of which will cost more than we previously paid. It cost me eleven shillings to have my blue suit and rain coat put in wearing condition. I think that is a little under two dollars but I’m not too sure. One has to have blues to go into town and I want to go in and look around to see what these parts of the world are like. I’ve thought of Christmas shopping but old timers here say it’s a non profitable trip both from articles being scarce and from the prices requested but I’d like to see for myself.

Some of the officers here play golf frequently but as yet I haven’t been for I’m afraid I couldn’t count high enough to keep the score. Golf balls are a little

[page 2] hard to secure but it seems all those wishing to play somehow find them.

Sometime ago in one of your letters you mentioned something about hiding Mark’s bike and Ruth Y M. also mentioned it in her letter but I really didn’t get the whole story – It’s probably been told in those letters which are missing. In reading between the lines I believe it must have been some type of punishment. Those letters should be catching up with me before too long now. Your last letter was is still one dated Oct. 10 which is over one month old. My mail situation is as bad now as it was a year ago at this time, but it should get better now again when you finally get my address corrected.

I was just trying to recall the different ways in which my mail has been addressed. You probably remember all of them but I’m sure I can’t. Without trying I can think of six ad different one I have had. It really makes one think I’ve been lots of places – maybe I have, at least, I’ve covered lots of miles. Even in this letter I’ve rambled from one topic to the other without writing anything worth reading but it’s the best under the circumstances so solong until next time

Love Daddy

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One thought on “Base Hospital #4 (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Two dollars for the suit and rain coat to be cleaned: at the time, that was pricey.

    “Some of the officers here play golf frequently but as yet I haven’t been for I’m afraid I couldn’t count high enough to keep the score.” LOL He never had any use for golf.

    I don’t think he would have disagreed with Gladys re her hiding the bike from Mark.


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