Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hospital #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 5, 1944
I’m starting this on Sat. and if I can think of enough to write I’ll mail this one and write another for tomorrow even though they will both leave at the same time.
So far today I haven’t been warm because it’s one of those cool wet damp rainy days. I’m really not complaining because when I think of that hot steaming place it’s a pleasure to shake a little with the cool breezes.
Our show last night was fair – Rosalind Russell and someone in “Borrowed Wife” – a comedy that moved rapidly and filled with wisecracks. Tonite there is a
[page 2] double feature with two western pictures. No doubt they will really be good, but when one doesn’t like the show he can always get up and leave – There is no money involved so it’s one’s own pleasure.
You will notice the date on this letter – It seems to be getting around to that certain time and I don’t mind telling you that I’m not going to get much discussed until the month of Mar. rolls around and then I can’t promise. I’ve often written of the time, etc., but I find the anxiety increasing by the inverse rule, which means the shorter the time the more anxious. I guess I need say no more because
[page 3] you are perhaps experiencing the same reactions. When one is away from civilization it seems a more or less routine to see only persons in Khaki, but when one sees kids, women, men in civilian clothes with colored ties and numerous other things it is a little harder to have the time pass rapidly. Now I’ve said some things I didn’t even mean to say because I’m afraid they might make you feel badly. Please excuse I’ll be over this odd moment in a short time.
The radio in the rumpus room is going full blast and the dice of 3-4 Acey Ducey games are clicking. I’ve played a game
[page 4] or two since chow but one gets little tired of that also. It generally takes 20-30 min. to play one game – fun but there is lots of luck along with some science. Right now the Beer Barrel song is on the radio – a good song I’d say.
So far I have said nothing about mail – You guessed it there hasn’t been any but the P.M. is rather young.
Now that I’ve gotten so far along with this I’ll post it and write another tomorrow – That way I can say
Lots of Love (one time extra)
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“…a comedy that moved rapidly and filled with wisecracks” Yes, those were the trademarks of Rosalind Russell films. We love to watch them now. 🙂
“…when one sees kids, women, men in civilian clothes with colored ties and numerous other things it is a little harder to have the time pass rapidly.” I guess he was really itching to get home by this time. 😦
Roll out the Barrel was certainly a familiar and favorite song when I was growing up.