Notice the Date (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 133
USN Base Hospital #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 5, 1944

Dear Mother,

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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1 thought on “Notice the Date (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “…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.


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