Tag Archives: Dr. Edmund T. Lentz

News from Navy 132 (Lentz)

1944-05-28 (ETL)Letter transcription:

E.T.Lentz – Comr. MCUSNR
NOB Navy 132
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
May 29, 44

Dear Yegie – Still here but not for long; am absorbing air and scenery mostly.
Rec’d a letter from John W. who expected to be assigned to Gt. Lakes.
All gone except Buster H. who is giving me the brush off; he is waiting for a relief.
Thanks for sending the note, rec’d ack. of it today.
How is the family? Are they all staying at home. Regards to all

Ed

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Nothing New (Lentz)

V-mail, dated March 15, 1944

V-mail, dated March 15, 1944

Letter transcription:

From:
E.T. Lentz
Comdr. (mc) USNR
Navy 133 BH4
FPO San Francisco Calif.
Mar. 15, 44

To:
Lt. R.S. Yegerlehner (MC) U.S.N.R.
Kentland
Indiana

Hello Junior – Nothing new in medical staff, still intact except three promotions – Andy, Cath & myself as you can see by return address.

Well – by today you should have arrived and I imagine it was a momentous day when you set foot on U.S. continent. We were all thinking about you and several of us have gone so far as to say we miss “Yegie.” Maybe, I’ll be seeing you soon.

Your laundry was sent as promised and you should get it by ’45.

My extracurricular activities have not been deterred, am playing golf as much as ever but not better. Received 18 golf balls (12 were reprocessed – just like new).

Write when you can –
Regards,
Ed

John W. made it
Porterfield also
See Alnav

[Editor’s note: ALNAV was a bulk communication and messaging system used by the Navy, a form of which is still in use today.]

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Waiting for word from Washington (Roscoe)

March 16, 1944 envelope

March 16, 1944 envelope

March 16, 1944, p. 1

March 16, 1944, p. 1

Letter transcription:

Hotel Bellevue
Geary at Taylor
San Francisco
Mar. 16, 1944

Dear Mother,

Thur. P.M. and everything seems to have gone very well – we have applied for leave and requested duty in the 9th Naval district and now we have to wait for word to come from Washington – we were told it would take 5 day at least. Under those circumstance all we can do is keep cool and be as contented as possible which is hard to do. I’ll try to let you know by phone, etc., as I told you in the letter last night when and where.

The Red Cross picked us up at the pier and arranged for rooms and again provided us with means for getting our gear to the hotel. My gear is really a mess. The clothes are the same as when I left the states so you can imagine the condition they are now in and besides part of my ward

March 16, 1944, p. 2

March 16, 1944, p. 2

[page 2] clothes had to be left in the laundry at the last station because I had only 2 hours to start from scratch and be underway but Ed promised to send them on to me. I had only three white shirts along. One is in the laundry, another is black instead of white and the one I’m wearing now was washed in the bathroom on ship, hung on a coat hanger and worn without blessing of an iron so you can imagine what I look like but somehow I care very little about those things.

I hardly think it will be necessary for you to write because your letter would hardly be here before I left I hope. I mean I hope I can get underway by that time.

Again lots of love
From Daddy

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2015 in Review

007It’s that time of year! I have already seen several posts from fellow genealogists and societies, and even some from family members. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and everyone is looking forward to 2016. What new experiences are you anticipating? Many of these posts recommend setting goals (instead of resolutions). My father, a retired career coach, advocates making a few attainable goals and then sharing them with friends and family as a way to keep yourself accountable and on track. It doesn’t help to make impossible goals, a guaranteed set-up for inevitable failure.

Dear Mother, Love Daddy coverFor me, looking back, 2015 has seemed impossibly long and short at the same time. A veritable blur of genealogical activity! I am surprised to recall all the genealogy related events and projects I did accomplish. These are most of the items I can remember….

  • Published Dear Mother, Love Daddy
  • Completed my ProGen studies
  • Attended my first large genealogy conference (SCGS Jamboree)
  • Attended my first all day genealogy seminar (Sacramento Roots Cellar Spring Seminar)
  • Continued to post one WWII letter every single day (for the third year in a row)
  • Wrote over 20 Fashion Moments posts
  • Researched, transcribed and posted over 60 newspaper articles about the smallpox epidemic in the year 1900 in Indiana
  • Transcribed and posted over 70 postcards written to my 2X great aunt Lena Hackleman
  • Had two published articles in the Sacramento Roots Cellar Preserves newsletter
  • Appeared in two episodes of Discovering Your Past
  • Started a volunteer genealogy program at my local library branch
  • Presented my first genealogy lecture
  • Engaged 3-5 paying clients for the year
  • Recruited 3-5 relatives to DNA test
  • Scanned several hundred family slides taken by my grandparents, Roscoe & Gladys, during the 1960s-1970s
  • Reviewed four genealogy/family history related books
  • Wrote five online articles for Genealogists.com
  • Began publishing a periodic newsletter as well as monthly updates on the blog
  • Connected with and started some great working relationships with several genealogists around the country
  • Submitted preliminary application for the Mayflower Society

A few items that I wish I had accomplished (but after looking over the above list of things I did achieve, I don’t feel too badly):

  • Publish an article in a national or state level periodical. I keep getting hung up on the whole reasonably exhaustive search aspect of genealogy, and want to keep researching. I need to learn to feel more comfortable writing what I have now.
  • Find a genealogy/writing job which will fit into my teaching and personal writing schedules

Goals for 2016

  • To publish the second volume of WWII letters, currently titled So Solong, Love Daddy. This volume will cover the letters from October through December 1942. I am currently behind on this project. I had hoped to accomplish more during my December vacation. My son has been on vacation with me so I have chosen to spend more time hanging out with him instead of sitting for hours in front of the computer screen editing text. This time around, I have lost my team of editors and proof-readers. I will need to recruit some new help. My goal is to publish the book by Memorial Day, if not sooner.
  • One of my goals from last year that was not accomplished – to publish an article for a state level society or national genealogy periodical. I see this as a goal to work on after the book is published.
  • Seriously begin planning for certification! I want to have preliminary projects started/plotted before I go on the clock. I really have no more excuses at this point since I have completed both Boston University’s genealogy research certificate program and ProGen. I want to have a plan in place by the end of 2016.
  • Continue to work on my skills as a genealogy lecturer. I have two more presentations scheduled this spring; the next one in only three weeks.

Other odds and ends….

Fashion Moments by Deborah SweeneyI want to continue writing Fashion Moments’ posts but I am moving away from the weekly format, perhaps to once a month. It has been hard at times to find material that I am interested in writing about. I would love more feedback from readers and suggestions for future posts so feel free to send me questions or photographs.

This year will likely see the end of the WWII letters. Over the next week, Roscoe will begin his journey home to the United States. He continued to serve through the end of the war, but his duties were stateside. One of his postings allowed Gladys and the boys to live with him. The remaining letters will jump ahead months and weeks at a time with the majority being written by Roscoe. Another large block of the letters were written by people other than Roscoe or Gladys, by people who served with Roscoe, like Dr. Edmund T. Lentz. I definitely feel that the letters are moving into a new phase for 2016.

Eugene B. Scofield (watermark)

Rev. Eugene B. Scofield

Looking ahead to after the WWII letters (I know it is very hard to believe!), I have an extensive collection of letters that were written between Gladys and David in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, David was a young adult moving away to college, getting married and relocating to Massachusetts. These letters provide another fascinating glimpse into the world of the Yegerlehners during the mid-twentieth century. In addition, my collection of family memorabilia contains letters from the late 19th century. The Reverend Eugene B. Scofield, a brother to Lena Hackleman, was a traveling minister for the Christian Church in Indiana in the early years of his career. While he was away from home, he wrote many letters to his family.  So even though the WWII letters may be running out, I still have a lot of transcribing and preserving to do.

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! And may you find all your elusive ancestors in 2016!

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Happy Valentine’s Day (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner
USN Base Hosp. #4
Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 14, 1944

Dear Mother,

You will most certainly have to pardon my absentmindedness about Valentine’s Day because it surely slipped my mind and I didn’t even tumble when the one came from the boys. It just all seemed foreign and a long way off or the wrong time of year or something. I know that sounds crazy but never the less true. So – Happy Valentine’s Day and all that goes with it.

I just happened to think of another thing you mentioned in your letters that I forgot to

[page 2] mention and that was the music lessons that John’s teacher was talking about. The $7.00 variety. How often would those have to come? Surely not once per week. I think he should have lessons more advanced but not that strong each week, but we can talk of that later. I hope talk and not write. That last sentence has no more significance than anything else I’ve written about coming home. So far there have been 4 Drs. leave here on the 18 mo. deal but others are past due and things seem to be at a standstill in so far as their orders are concerned. As it

[page 3] stands now there are three groups here who have been out longer than Cub 13. So you see we don’t just know what to think. There is however less than one month time for us as well as the groups ahead of us. We figure all the angles backward and forward and when it’s all said and done the whole thing adds up to only one thing – confusion.

There were mail bags in camp today. I saw them with my own eyes, but as yet we have heard nothing or seen no results of the sorting but hopes are running pretty high. I’ll let you know at the end of this if any arrives.

I did some laundry this PM.

[page 4] That was the first in a long time. I told you once the number of pairs of socks and trucks I had so I don’t have to wash so often but when I do – Oh Boy! I have been sending some of my most yellow trunks to the laundry to get that well known Gray out of them.

Just stopped to chit chat with the bridegroom & Lentz – nothing in particular as you might imagine. They both came in and bummed a coke – Tea time – possibly gossip time.

Well Dear I hope to P.S. some mail –
Love Daddy

P.S. Mail did arrive and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow. It was a landslide.

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Two Extra Letters (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4
Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 11, 1944

Dear Mother,

Last night I really did myself. Wrote two extra letters, one to Joe R. and one to Geo. Wingfield. It was a tough fight but I made it without too much over extending my strength. By strength I really mean mental strength. I’m sure when they read those letters they will also agree that my mental strength wasn’t too much. I felt I just had to write Geo. and thank him for the Christmas present and

[page 2]  Joe had a letter coming so he got a note.

There are plenty of rumors about mail but so far I haven’t seen anything that would indicate that the rumor is correct. We always gripe even if mail is a little slow but it’s getting to the place now where it is really serious. Especially air mail – I hope your mail is getting thru better than mine is. This last paragraph was a repeat last week if I remember correctly.

One of my friends here got a roll of films and borrowed a camera and he and I are going to dress up and snap each other. If they are good I’ll send them home

[page 3] providing we can pass them by the censor. I don’t mean we’ll try to put anything across but will try to get the background so that it will pass. I had one good one not so long ago. I mean one of the Drs. took one and I was going to get one but the developing co. lost the film and the Dr. is gone now so – and it was a good picture. Lentz has taken some but they are in color and he is sending them back to the States to be developed and you know how long that will take.

Well, if mail comes I’ll add a P.S.
Love Daddy

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Staring At That Wall (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4
Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 10, 1944

Dear Mother,

For the past hour or more I’ve been down on the bunk just thinking of what I might write you and I could do no good lying there staring at that wall so I decided to get up and start and maybe something would come.

I thought possibly I could put down my thoughts while lying there but often trying to recall what I was thinking I can’t seem to recall so I guess I was a total blank. I did read the morning paper. I had taken care of the news pretty well just before and after breakfast so started in on the want ads, public sales, legal notices

[pager 2] and other bits of printed articles. Some interesting, some queerly stated and some just plain funny. Much of their wording, etc., reads like our papers used to years ago. Even the Kentland papers seem to be more modern in statement. One never reads a paper but what there is a notice or two which states that such and such a man, no names, but a brief description who wishes to become acquainted with a certain type woman with marriage as the aim. And their ad about patent medicine are a scream. I can’t remember any just now but they are really heart rendering with the suffering which is going on needlessly.

This county as you might know, I didn’t, has state medicine and I’ve heard something about it from the lay individual as well as the Dr. and

[page 3] I can say the parties concerned are in a fog as to its merits and demerits. It came just about the time the war did so neither side has had a fair chance to win out. It seems that the Drs. are living and some of the patients are living so it can’t be a total failure on one side or the other. It is a little hard to ask the Dr. how much his salary amounts to so it’s hard to learn much – I do know this there are dissatisfied persons on both sides. However, that is something I don’t intend to get worked up about just now. If it comes it will just have to come and everyone concerned will have to make the best of it.

Lentz just poked his head in to inquire about the time. He informed me there was no mail again today – don’t know where he got his information but I’d say it

[page 4] was darn rotten information and not the least bit welcome. The mail situation is about like it was first when we left the States. There is one thing I’m always certain about, however, and that it that there are letters on the way because I know you are writing as regular as you always did. Lentz could have been mistaken so I’ll still have hope for another hour or two since it is only about 1500.

It’s time I should have my PM coke. I’m getting just like the natives only theirs is tea. I saw a group of men working on the road this AM and about 1000 they all stopped and had tea – eh what!

Well, I did get something written after all so solong love
Daddy

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Two Things (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4
Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
2-8-44

Dear Mother,

Two things happened today which are a little out of the ordinary and maybe will break the monotony of the letters of the past few days.

First and possibly foremost is one that has nothing to do with me only in a roundabout way. The fellow that I spent my leave with – you have his picture, well, he got married. I guess I had never mentioned that he was single and all that stuff. Lentz is standing up with him because the girl who is going

[page 2] to be the best woman, etc., is a friend of Ed’s. And I’m taking his duty. It makes duties come very close together for me but I guess I can help a boy out in a pinch. I think it was one of those whirlwind affairs where things happen fast. In fact, when he and I went on the trip he was against the institution of marriage and I’m very certain that he didn’t know this girl at that time, but you know when people fall they really fall hard. She is a nice girl for all I know – and why should I know? He has had her out here on a number of occasions and she is Irish the same as he – of course me being Irish also – think she is OK.

[page 3] He was very much in a huff all morning. He told me last night when he came home but didn’t tell Lentz until this AM, and Lentz had sent his clothes to the cleaners and he wanted to borrow mine but he was a bit too large in spots, so he had to get clothes from someone else. Enough for the romantic side.

The second thing was the Rotary meeting. I enjoyed it pretty much but of course not as much as at home. The home club will not get a notice that I attended because it is against the censor regulations. They could name the country but they can’t name the town.

[page 4] so in the course of due time the Kentland Club will be notified – after the war I suppose. I’ll try to write Bob Hufty and at least tell him that I attended the meeting.

The mail just came – I’d say about 2 doz. V-mail for all the Drs. I was lucky enough to score one letter – your V-mail of Jan. 26. Not much but it helps lots just to get that little bit for it lets me know you and the boys are doing OK. It sure looks as if V-mail is all that comes anymore. Your last air mail was Jan. 12 and the picture of D. never did arrive as yet.

Well, Dear must get to work –
Lots of Love
Daddy

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Listening For Footsteps (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner (MC) USNR
Navy 133
USN Base Hosp. #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 7, 1944

Dear Mother,

Writing of dates this really marks the one date looked forward to but why? Anyway maybe we can be a little more expecting now but I don’t know exactly why. Again I don’t see why I’m writing this because after all I’m not even expressing well what I want to say.

Today is so much more calm than yesterday – with only a few clouds and very little wind but still cool if not right out in the sun. All the land of this place is near the ocean so I suppose the ocean breezes keep things cooled off. Probably John has read all of that in the National Geographic. I’ll have to read those when I get back to see if they are

[page 2] anything like the places I’ve seen.

I think Lentz is doing some laundry this P.M. He just asked me if I’d be willing to help him and of course I answered in the negative in a positive way. He still kids as much as he used to only there are more around now to kid than when just he & I were together at Norfolk.

The picture tonite is “How Green Was My Valley” a good picture but I’ve seen it once before. I may go again but that one as I remember is a little on the sad side and twice is once too often. I didn’t go to the show last night because I was on duty and had to spend the time at other places.

Yes it’s about time for me to bring in that usual sentence – no mail yet today but there is still a little time. I hope I can say later that some has arrived

[page 3] as I sit here trying to think of something to write I keep listening for footsteps down the hall way which might sound like the fellow bringing mail but up to now they have all been fellow officers just looking for mail or someone going to the ice-box across the way for a cold glass of water or something else they might have placed in there to keep from spoiling. However most of the things kept there are not very prone to spoil even in the hottest of weather. Things such as coke and things like that there.

If your mail is as slow as mine, and I have a feeling it is – this won’t reach you much before time to file income tax blanks, but and I’m not saying anything about that business at all this year – just do what you and Agnes think best. I gave you the figures some time ago and

[page 4] that it that. I guess you will get along with the assessor this year also. It seems you had no trouble with him last year whoever he was and still is or have they changed since last year.

This last part sounds very business-like but I just happened to think. I believe most of the fellows have not paid their Income tax – however a few have. Maybe we all didn’t get the word or maybe we all did get the word. I’m not sure anyway that is the way most are doing.

So far as far as mail is concerned it’s a total black out but there still may be a wee little chance. Anyway I’m all out of writing material and I don’t mean ink & paper –

Love
Daddy

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Packages (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

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

Dear Mother,

Finally I got the M.O. for Mark and it will go out in the mail tomorrow so that is that.

I’m writing this before mail time today again and will add a note later letting you know if anything comes along. Now I’ve written that same line that appears in every one of the letters.

There is an ambitious Dr. outside my window practicing golf. I mean just swinging a club. No he has a ball tied to a string.

[page 2] He seems to be enjoying himself lots. Lentz is out playing again this P.M.

The mail came it was packages. Your other Christmas package came this one had socks. I didn’t know you had sent tow. This one today was crushed up a bit with a little candy on the socks and some sticky on all the boxes parts including some on the writing paper, but I’ll be able to use the paper I think. I’d hoped the picture of D might arrive but no such luck.

A letter also came from Joe R. He seems to be doing OK and still wondering about the 18 mo. just like all of up us are doing.

[page 3] Geo. Wingfield also sent me a Christmas present. A sterling silver name plate with chain for around the wrist. You know an identification tag. It sure is a swell one. Needless to say all these packages went to Navy 60 and that is the reason for the lateness and the bad condition. Your packages are always in worse condition than those from anyone else. I can tell that you secure them as well as anyone else but I think they must read who they are from and then someone gets them down and stamps them and then

[page 4] use them for a football and then just for good measure gives them a final kick. Maybe I’m a little hard on the mail carrier.

It seems to me that chewing gum has changed or maybe it’s the heat but it really don’t seem the same at least this that you sent doesn’t/ They don’t have the stuff here so I really get a kick out of that. I possibly won’t need the socks but I can always use them sooner or later.

Well Dear thanks loads for the package and

Lots of Love
Daddy

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