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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 –



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Souvenir of New Caledonia (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Jan 6, 1942 [1943]
Lt. (jg) Yegerlehner
Receiving Station
U.S. Naval Advanced Base
Noumea New Caledonia
c/o Fleet P.O.
San Francisco Calif

Dear Mother,

Received mail toady – what a thrill. It was dated Oct. 29, 30 & 31. In the 30th letter there were pictures Ruth had taken. It was old mail but I read it as carefully as if I were yesterdays. In one of those you had given me a detailed account of David’s arrival and only today did I learn what his middle name was. I think I know where this mail has been but that isn’t important. The letters were marked clipper and air mail special stamps but that didn’t seem to make any difference. Just plain air mail or V-mail is as good as anything. I was a little surprised at Earl R. coming over because I

[page 2] really didn’t know him very well. Not as well as Joe

I went to town this A.M. with Dr. Porterfield and we had one of our boys along who is a very good French talker. Dr. P. wanted to buy a picture of one of those flamboyant trees. He did but I didn’t. They were photos tinted about 12 in by 12 in. He paid 8⁰⁰ and they had some other for 12⁰⁰. I just figured that was a little and our money could be used to a better advantage. There are lots of things – Lace doileys (sp), arm bracelets, ear rings, coaster mats etc but most are made in America with 3-4 prices so I don’t get the idea. Perfumes are all American (Cotys) so why pay to send things like that back. There were some nice yards goods and dresses but one has to have a ration card to buy those things and after all we aren’t natives so we have

[page 3] no ration cards.

Say I just happened to remember or it just came to me – I send you a belt buckle and you say you have to buy a new dress to go with it. And I send you a necklace and you say you have to have a new dress. Suppose I sent you a pair of Step inns – Well I haven’t bought any yet so you won’t have that problem to consider – I really got a kick out of your new dresses to go with the things I sent. Hope you’ll get them. And that “my day,” don’t put that in parenthesis because it makes me think of where it came from.

The weather which has been so pleasant except for the brisk breeze has turned very hot without much breeze and just seems like rain. This has really been dry for rainy season but I think it’s too early to be saying anything yet. Our P.M. mail delivery isn’t up yet so don’t know what or if anything

[page 4] will come. During this season there are apt to be storms in this area and travel by air is uncertain so I imagine both our mails will be slow. So write V-mail rather frequent write both. I’ll finish later – have work to do yet just now.

Almost 10:00 P.M. The show is over and no mail on the P.M. delivery so it is now about one month again – sure is disheartening but there isn’t much to be done as far as I can see.

The show is over and it was too sad for out here – “How Green Was My Valley.” I don’t know if you saw it there or not but I do remember hearing that title back some years ago.

We had hot – very hot chilli for supper with rice and green beans and all I ate was a bowl of rice with milk. You are supposed to mix the chilli with the rice but I still don’t like it too hot. So I just ate the rice. Had to do something – My space and time is up so solong love Daddy

P.S. Sending a little souvenir

Souvenir Roscoe included in the letter

Souvenir Roscoe included in the letter

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