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Movements (Roscoe)

April 17, 1944 envelope

April 17, 1944 envelope

April 17, 1944, p. 1

April 17, 1944, p. 1

Letter transcription:

4/17/44

Dear Mother,

Your letter arrived today. The one you wrote after receiving my first. I’ve been away from home now 4 days and received fou two letters – much different than in days gone by.

You mentioned the radio – It would be very nice but I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the one you use in the kitchen, however, if you think you could get along without it I’d appreciate it very much but we will see about that later. Maybe Joe has one he will bring along.

Our movements are somewhat curtailed around the base. Once we enter that gate where we entered we can’t leave without the executive officer’s permission and you remember the bridge going over to the Officer’s Club? We can’t cross that without the executive officers knowing it, etc. We can’t smoke

April 17, 1944, p. 2

April 17, 1944, p. 2

[page 2] on the streets of the base so you see we are a bunch of good little boys at times. After 4:30, however, all those restrictions are off. We eat in the basement of that brick building where Joe & I went in for information so there is no real need for crossing the bridge or leaving the gate during working hours.

I loaned one of my white cap covers to a Dr. yesterday. He had sent all of his to the laundry and got bawled out for wearing his blue cover. He was one of the fellows that was with me at Silverstream, a Jewish boy.

The Frenches have a large library and I have borrowed a book “Our Hearts Were Young & Gay” to read. I think I read the condensed version in Reader’s Digest but for want of something to do I think I’ll read the thing. It may seem

April 17, 1944, p. 3

April 17, 1944, p. 3

[page 3] a little dull after reading that in the Digest but I’ll see.

The sun was out most of the time today but it sure was cold when the breeze of the lake could hit full blast. We should get that breeze most of the time next summer when it’s good and hot.

John’s report card sounded pretty good and Mark’s wasn’t so bad as I remember so I guess the boys should both get promoted this year.

Well, I’m all run down so good night &
Love Daddy

Great Lakes Naval Base Building 1 (photograph by Goldnpuppy, Wikipedia Creative Commons license)

Great Lakes Naval Base Building 1 (photograph by Goldnpuppy, Wikipedia Creative Commons license)

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My Duties (Roscoe)

April 16, 1944 envelope

April 16, 1944 envelope

April 16, 1944, p. 1

April 16, 1944, p. 1

Letter transcription:

USN Hospital
Great Lakes
Illinois
Apr. 16, 1944

Dear Mother,

Sunday almost gone and it was a long day for somehow things just seemed dull and my intern had O.D. duty so he wasn’t around after 1000 so I had to amuse myself.

Maybe I haven’t told you what my duties are – well it’s like this – I have two wards, one composed of about 30-40 German measles and 10 chicken pox cases and the other about that many mumps. Seems a little drab on the face of the whole thing but there are always ears becoming infected – pneumonia with the measles and many complications just like in private practice so it’s really more like medicine than anything I’ve had since coming into the Navy. I hope I’ve had both of the above diseases because I’ve had many exposures. There are also a few cases of regular measles so I should know what those look like after a

April 16, 1944, p. 2

April 16, 1944, p. 2

[page 2] time.

In your today’s letter I had three money orders. I guess I can’t get away from repeating but I thought I’d just let you know in case the letter should get lost.

This Eve. The Frenches invited us to sandwiches, salad, etc., so I didn’t have to go out for an evening meal. They seem to be very nice people and are willing to make one as comfortable as possible. They have three huge cats and one has two kittens but I don’t cross their path too often. I mean the cats.

The sun finally broke thru today after a light rain this AM and a snow about noon but it still wasn’t very warm. In fact much too cold to think of wearing khaki uniforms, and the top coat really feels good. The breeze off the lake is very cold. I don’t know if you noticed but where we parked the car that day we were here

April 16, 1944, p. 3

April 16, 1944, p. 3

[page 3] is only a very short distance from the lake. When one is on the other side of that building he can almost spit in the lake.

As I told you we have no shower so it’s tub bath and I do hate to draw the water, etc., but I feel I just have to tonight for I’ve missed the past two and since there is only the one other fellow I feel I don’t have to be as peculiar as you said you would be.

Maybe I’ll be able to spend next weekend at home but I’m not banking too much until I ask all the ones concerned. At least maybe a short time Sat. night and Sun. AM depending upon what time Joe wants to come back.

Well, I must take that bath and get to bed –
Love Daddy

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