Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 3, 1944
You will have to explain to Mark that his birthday present might be a little late because due to something or other the P.O. isn’t issuing money orders just now but I’ll get one as soon as they are and maybe it will get there in time I hope.
It has rained a little this P.M. and is rather cool in fact so cool I’m thinking of adding a little extra heat. That is another thing
[page 2] these people here don’t believe in – central heat. Each home has several fireplaces and I don’t think they are used much at that of course I have no way of know[ing] if they are used or not. We have one in our lounge here and it hasn’t been used over once or twice and we have one in our officer’s club which has never been used.
I suppose you and the boys use our fireplace pretty frequently these days. I know how you used to like to do that in the evening.
This is before mail time – fooled you this time but not
[page 3] starting the letter with those few simple remarks. We should be due for some good air mail one of these days, but I believe I’ve said that on many occasions before.
I seemed to have stalled for it’s been about 10 min. between the last two sentences. I have a big map on the wall next to me of the Pacific Ocean and I keep looking at the latest war developments and then my eyes drop to N.Z. and off hand we are a considerable distance from the war, not to say, a more considerable from home.
I’ve often wondered about Gale Dye’s husband. I believe
[page 4] you said he returned to Hawaii after his 10 day leave. Who knows I may get a 10 day leave some of these days – I hope – That some of these days is a vague indefinite thing but a reality which will be an actuality in some not too distant future I hope.
No mail so let’s change the subjects and say –
“Lots of Love”
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Now there’s a topic for some historian of esoterica: when was central heating invented? When and where did it become common?
“I suppose you and the boys use our fireplace pretty frequently these days. I know how you used to like to do that in the evening.” I definitely remember our fireplace.
“…my eyes drop to N.Z. and off hand we are a considerable distance from the war…” I wonder what their role was there, so far away from the action.
I think their primary role was as a hospital, but by this point in the war they had very few patients. Base hospital #4 was disbanded a few months after Roscoe left.