Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner
USN Base Hosp. #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Jan. 15, 1943
This is one of these started on Sat. finished later letters. If you would rather I’d write each day even though they don’t go out let me know but I know this one or rather Sat. mail is held over so that is how it stands.
To begin with there was no mail today so that topic for subject matter can be dropped without further ado.
This being Sat. you remember how I used to talk about inspection and beans. Well, we didn’t have inspection nor did we have beans. Since I’ve arrived here I think I haven’t missed a morning or at
[page 2] least very few when I didn’t have eggs. Or rather egg. At first I ate two but usually now it is only one and a slice of toast. Sometimes just some dry cereal. Milk is the only thing we have for on the cereal but due to the fact that I don’t use cream anymore for my coffee I slip a little of the coffee cream into my cereal. Now you might think I use sugar in my coffee but that is out also. It’s peculiar how this black coffee came about or maybe not so peculiar. You see at first we had no screens around out mess halls and the cream & sugar was placed on the table ahead of schedule and the flies would
[page 3] be thick on both and I decided to just drink it black and now neither taste good hence the black coffee. Is that good reason? Anyway that is the way it is. Maybe I’ve told you that before. Just between you & I that is a lot of “crap” to be writing in a letter but it is all I can think of and that just happened to somehow pop into my mind. So much for Sat –
SUN JAN. 16, 1943
Just finished writing to the folks and will try to pick p yesterday’s but after re-reading I don’t know if it is worthwhile to pick up the topic of Sat.’s.
The weather here is unusually dry – according to the natives. They say it is dryer than it has been for several years. The grass is all burned brown and the
[page 4] dust is pretty bad. Most of the time the wind blows and that really brings the dust into the room. It gets a little thick on things but that doesn’t matter. Sometimes one wonders if the Japs and Germans bother about dust and also if they fret and stew about things like we do. I have an idea they have their ups & downs only I hope they have more downs than ups.
Well Dear for two days this isn’t much of a letter but that doesn’t mean that for the two days I haven’t thought of you often because you really come in and claim lots of thoughts – more than you will ever know –
Lots of Love
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I think you have the page numbers reversed on this letter, i.e., the pics of them.
“I decided to just drink it black and now neither taste good hence the black coffee.” Interesting. When I was growing up, EVERYONE drank coffee scalding hot and black. Anyone who put in milk and sugar was considered a wuss. I didn’t like coffee, and still don’t. I was assured, Oh you’ll learn to like it, but I never did.
“will try to pick p yesterday’s” should read “up”
“I have an idea they have their ups & downs only I hope they have more downs than ups.” 🙂
So nice to read this from my “unromantic” father: “… that doesn’t mean that for the two days I haven’t thought of you often because you really come in and claim lots of thoughts – more than you will ever know –” 🙂 🙂 🙂