Cupid’s Arrow (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4 Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Dec. 22, 1943

Dear Mother,

No mail today so must write out of a clear sky as I have often done and it’s just plain nonsense ad infinitum, but queer things do happen now and then. This P.M. as I was on duty the phone rang and I answered – giving my name, etc., and the fellow on the other end was very familiar which threw me for a loss but when he told me who he was —. A ship mate I had spent about 6 month up there with under adverse conditions and fellows like that seem like long lost brothers. Well is seems that on a former occasion he had met a gal here and decided he wanted to go thru life

[page 2] looking across the breakfast table at her so he wanted a quick Wassermann [1] and a chaplin so I being cupid’s right hand man started the ball rolling and in the course of a few hours cupid and Wassermann are over-taken and the guy is hitched or will be in a day or two. All I have to do now to complete the details is to fling a few grains of rice and they will be each other’s forever, etc. All I can say is “ain’t” love wonderful or maybe I should say “ain’t” nature grand. I’m always glad to see the younger generation get going. It gives great hopes, ideas & licentious designs which appeal to the,

[page 3] shall I say, more to the fantastic than the real side of life, which in common every day language means – more power to them.

I still wonder about the advisability of such procedures but one cannot criticize too severely even though the native country of each is different for they still, I hope, love each other and that seems to be the all important thing so what?

So far this letter has been, according to my own idea, very “screwy” but don’t pay too much attention to what I think.

To the more serious side. I was talking to one of the officers tonight about income tax. He told me service men were exempt $1,500 and after that all the dependencies, etc., were taken. Have

[page 4] you studied those things? In any case I don’t believe our tax will amount to much because as I have it figured the total taxable amount will be around $2,500 less of course that for dependencies. The way I figure this for Jan. & Feb. the amount was $183 per month and for the remainder of the year was $220 per month. That may not be too clear and but in the next week or two I’ll be able to send more definite figures because the pay affairs will furnish each with the amount taxable for 1943.

Due to not having anymore to write I’ll say – solong –
Love Daddy

[1] Wassermann – a blood test to determine syphilis


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1 thought on “Cupid’s Arrow (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    This is truly one of the best letters in the collection. I didn’t know Roscoe could take such a poetic turn: “…he had met a gal here and decided he wanted to go thru life looking across the breakfast table at her….” 🙂 Priceless.


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