New Duty (Roscoe)

April 13, 1944 envelope

April 13, 1944 envelope

April 13, 1944, p. 1

April 13, 1944, p. 1

Letter transcription:

Naval Hospital
Great Lakes Illinois
Apr. 13, 1944

Dear Mother,

It is now 2030 and I’m about all set for the night. Had no trouble coming thru today and I’m pretty well signed in, etc. I’m not just certain what my duties will be but will find out definitely tomorrow. Needless to say I haven’t rented a house for the family as yet.

Someone had called the O.D. office about 15 minutes before I arrived inquiring if I had registered in and I’m at a loss to know who it was. I thought possibly it was Dr. Moran but he told me later he had not called – Maybe it was Socky but I doubt it very much. I may look him up tomorrow eve after I learn my way around a little better. My hours are from 0800 to 1630 so should have some time in the eve for things and

April 13, 1944, p, 2

April 13, 1944, p, 2

[page 2] things. Dr. Moran says O.D. duty comes about once in every 15 days, and that requires staying on the base.

Mrs. Frence informed me the Col.’s wife moved in – Two girls, 3 guinea pigs and I believe she said a dog. Seems as if my 23 little men will have lots of competition and I was wrong we don’t use the same bath room. It’s two other men but at present there is only one so I have a semi private bath room.

I didn’t get to do anything with my pay accounts today because I have to have my orders and they had to be endorsed and it seems that couldn’t be done until tomorrow so I’ll see what can be done along that line and financially I’ll be at the end of the line if something isn’t done before too long. So far however I’ve only spent 51₵ since leaving home and that was for eve chow. Dr. Moran knew a little place between here and

April 13, 1944, p. 3

April 13, 1944, p. 3

[page 3] the base where the food is good and the price reasonable.

I’m sorry I didn’t get this written early enough to mail tonite but I just don’t know my way around here well enough yet but will get on schedule in a day or two. The address at the beginning of the letter so far as I know is correct but that is one thing I’ll have to find out for sure tomorrow. You can address my mail that way until you hear differently from me.

It’s a little lonesome in here just now after the swell time of the past 3 weeks but maybe things will be better in the near full future.

I hope I can give you all the dope right out of the horse’s mouth tomorrow eve.
Solong
Love Daddy

©2016 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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5 thoughts on “New Duty (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Great Lakes was not too bad a drive from Kentland–well, you had to drive through Chicago to get there, and there were no Interstates at the time.

    “Seems as if my 23 little men will have lots of competition” ??? What does this mean?

    “So far however I’ve only spent 51₵ since leaving home and that was for eve chow.” 🙂 Yes, we know the times were different, but still it’s startling to hear how little things cost.

    “It’s a little lonesome in here just now after the swell time of the past 3 weeks but maybe things will be better in the near future.” 🙂

    Reply
      1. davidmadison1942

        One hypothesis: he was referring to his sons (MY little men), first writing 2 by mistake, then 3–and failed to cross off 2. 🙂

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