Fingers Crossed (Roscoe)

[Editor’s Note: This is the last letter written by Roscoe before he received his separation orders. One would assume that he called Gladys to tell her the good news instead of writing. Included at the end of the letter are three military documents which record his journey home. Roscoe (and Gladys) were meticulous about preserving these documents. Many of Roscoe’s copies of his orders were not included in his military file which is housed at the National Archives. While many WWII personnel files were destroyed in a fire in the early 1970s, the bulk of the Navy’s files were not damaged. Our family has been exceedingly fortunate with a wealth of information regarding Roscoe’s service. While Roscoe and Gladys’ letters are finished, the collection contains several additional letters written by family and friends which I will post over the next few weeks.]

October 22, 1945 envelope

October 22, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

October 22, 1945, p. 1

October 22, 1945, p. 1

22 Oct. 45

Dear Mother,

Your letter written Oct. 19 came today and from it, it seems as if you are having your troubles with the heat, etc., get the house furnace fixed up and let the office go on at least don’t worry about it. We’ll get it done after I get there – whenever that is but I still have my fingers crossed for Nov. 1 out of here. The hospital at present is very full and 8-10 doctors have orders out of here the past few days. This is really a busy place now – drafts going out, convoys coming in and everybody wanting this that etc. Just a big rat race from morning until night – and if one has the duty it goes on all night long. I shouldn’t get duty very soon again but with so many going out one can’t tell.

October 22, 1945, p. 2

October 22, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] I’m writing this shortly after noonday chow with a few other things going on so it may not make good sense.

I think I told you I didn’t get any shirts for Bob H. and I don’t believe I’ll be able to get any. I believe everybody must have had the same idea and when a bunch of shirts come in the officers on the station get the word and rush in before others have a chance.

The weather here in the night and morning has a winterish feel although I’m still wearing gray and I’m informed that gray & khaki is worn the year thru. I’m having my blue suit cleaned & pressed today so I’ll have it nice to wear home. Maybe that is being optimistic because it could get dirty again but one never knows –

Well, Lots of Love,

©2016 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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1 thought on “Fingers Crossed (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Well, what a journey it has been! Thanks, Deb, for all your hard work in the preservation and sharing of these priceless documents. 🙂

    “I’m having my blue suit cleaned & pressed today so I’ll have it nice to wear home.” Going home in style! 🙂


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