Tag Archives: Lt. Commander Jack M. Howell

Leaving Here (Roscoe)

October 4, 1945, p. 1

October 4, 1945, p. 1

Letter transcription:

Oct. 4, 1945

Dear Mother,

Here is the latest on the draft. I’ll leave here about 3:00 p.m. on Fri. as we did the last time and I suppose we will get in to Chicago or rather Great Lakes at about the same time.

They have made or at least we think they have made reservations for me to come back on Thurs. the 11th so that will give me a little more time than I had before. Maybe that will help you to formulate your plans. I’ll probably send you a wire from some place along the line and I won’t write to you again tomorrow.

This whole draft deal sounds like a pretty good deal so maybe

October 4, 1945, p. 2

October 4, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] we can work this rather often. In other words – why don’t we do this more often?

There are a number of things that have to be done around here getting all the gear, etc., together so I’ll be rather busy besides Jack Howell and Stanich want to have dinner out this eve but I’ll tell them we have to get home early.

Well, give the word to the O.D. at the Lakes and I’ll be seeing you.
Love Daddy

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Officer of the Day (Roscoe)

October 2, 1945 envelope

October 2, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

October 2, 1945, p. 1

October 2, 1945, p. 1

2 Oct. 45

Dear Mother,

This is my day for the duty. So far it has been assigned to me six times and of the 6 I’ve only had to take it 2 times. Drafts came up or something so unless something comes up in the next 45 min. I’ll have to go on.

Yesterday a slip came out for us to fill out as to length of service, age, dependencies, overseas, etc., and number of points. So maybe something will come of it. Things like that are always encouraging. It is my firm belief that I will be out of this before Christmas. That seems a distance away but I do think it is true. Maybe I’m psychic.

There is no new news on a draft. In fact right now the patients are low so I doubt if there is enough for a draft. I’m afraid you may have had something wrong. You sorta expected the draft to come on a weekend. That was just a happen so the last time. It was really nice that it happened that way but I’m afraid that won’t work that way again. I still keep remembering the wonderful few days we had together and how I would enjoy another just like it. Memories like that are really something to live over and over again but new experiences are better

October 2, 1945, p. 2

October 2, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] so maybe anticipating the next meeting will have some little corner which will make time pass a little faster and easier.

Cmd. Howell, Stanich and I were going out to have a dinner together tonight but due to the fact that I caught the duty we had to put it off. The last time it was put off because I caught the draft home and then Geo. W. was in on it. I suppose by the next time Stanich will be gone. It seems we have a hard time getting together. I see or talk with them on the phone but we can’t seem to get together.

There is an opera again Friday night and we are trying to get tickets. The last fellow who was going with me last time has been detached but there is another here who wants to go.

Seems from your letter that the old Wm. Jewell is closing. I’m glad in a way we got out because that would have changed the boys school program, etc.

Well Dearie it is about my O.D. time so lots of Love

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Another Draft (Roscoe)

September 27, 1945 envelope

September 27, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

September 27, 1945, p. 1

September 27, 1945, p. 1

27 Sept. 45

Dear Mother,

Your long letter written on Sunday and the note of Monday came today. I’ll have to re-read it before doing much answering but right now I must get this in because between now and mail time there is a medical meeting and Cmdr. Jack Howell is coming out to see me so I must do this right now.

I’m not going to Klamath as planned but to San Diego on Tue. At least that is the way it looks right now. Things could change I suppose but that is the way it stands now and that puts my name on the Great Lakes draft.

The papers were all full of the opera on Wed. They had pictures of all the upper 400 with all their eve gowns, etc. It would have been quite a treat to have been there just to see all the big Wigs.

There was a stage show here last night and everybody wanted to go. After some pushing and squibbling I was able to get a chair only about 4 feet from the corner of the stage. We soon found it was an amateur

September 27, 1945, p. 2

September 27, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] show – (Right here the phone rang.) Short notice to Klamath Falls this p.m. and a good promise of Great Lakes possibly next week. The show was a leak out and I stayed only a short time. I started this letter in the room and I’m now in the O.D.’s office. I’ll probably write you another letter tonight on the way and mail it someplace along the way.

I’ll have to get going so
Love Daddy

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News from George Wingfield, Jr.

[George Wingfield, Jr., served with Roscoe in the Russell Islands and New Caledonia. They shared a tent together at one point. This letter was forwarded by Gladys in her June 6th letter.]

June 2, 1944, p. 1

June 2, 1944, p. 1

Letter transcription:

June 2, 1944

Dear Yegie,

Am home again on a week’s leave and while I’ve been away, new orders to Naval War College, Newport, R.I. came thru, so shortly I’ll be leaving S.D. in time to get there by 1 July for a 5 month course in tactics, strategy, etc. – then a staff job somewhere. Expect to stay in Chicago 2 or 3 days with my mother Mrs. Paul D. Hamlin, 1301 Astor Street, sometime between the 22 – and – 27th. In case you have a local phone number eave your number there for me. She’s in the book.

Mates Frericks and Howell

June 2, 1944, p. 2

June 2, 1944, p. 2

[page 2] are still “put.” Jim Gardiner called me when he returned. He’s with the Marines near San Diego.

Got registered while I am home as otherwise I couldn’t have voted in the coming election – and I did want to offset a good new deal vote with mine – and will!

Feel great and the fishing is good. I’m ready to lick bears or Newport socialites – come what may.

Jack’s letters to others indicate that the Japs may have infiltrated as far back as New Caledonia! How times do change.


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Lt. Commander F. Edward Walker, U.S.N.R.

1944-02-26 (FEW)[Gladys included this letter from Lt. Commander F. Edward Walker in her letter dated May 2, 1944.]

Lt. Commander F. Edward Wlker, U.S.N.R.
Room 1110 at 995 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Feburary 26, 1944

Lt. R.S. Yegerlehner, MC USNR
℅ USN Base Hospital #4
Navy 133, ℅ Fleet Postoffice
San Francisco, California

Dear Doctor:

I am pleased to enclose herewith my check in the amount of $1.50 which represents a further refund to you from the Cub 13 Officers Club.

A few days ago we received a check in refund of part of the purchase price of the initial investment of the officers club, which permits us to give a 6% dividend.

I just received your address from George Wingfield and I am happy to forward this to you.

Lieutenant Stanich is now located at the Naval Base Assembly Depot at San Bruno. Commander Porterfiled is located at Quantico, Virginia. Jack Howell is back at Navy 131, officer in charge of Receiving Station.

Commander Rimpau and I are both here in San Francisco, and if you should come this way at any time be sure and hunt us up.

With personal regards and best wishes to you always, I am

Sincerely yours,
F. Edward Walker
Lieut. Comdr. USNR

Can you tell me where following are:

Lt. D.A. Mills MC
Lt. J.W. Gardiner DC
Lt. Criss
Lt. R.C. Comstock
Lt. F.W. Stockwell

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A Short Trip (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Aug. 2 & 3, 1943

Dear Mother,

First I must apologize for not writing yesterday. It seems what with getting back from my trip to see Commander Frericks & Dr. Joe and with routine stuff to do after coming back I didn’t get a chance to write. I spent Sat. night with Joe and Sun. and Sun. night with Frericks. It wasn’t a pleasure trip but one in which business could be tied in with a slight visit. My Sunday’s letter was written from there so you can see if their mail is faster than ours.

Comdr. Frericks wrote told me that his

[page 2] wife had received some newspaper clippings from Mrs. Howell in Reno Nevada. Mr. Howell told me his wife would send some to you at the same time. I’m just wondering if she failed to send them to you or whether you thought best not to write about them. It would not be out of order to mention them if you did get them but she might have over looked sending them to you. Those would be interesting if you had a chance to read them.

I suppose bet by the time this gets to you the boys will be preparing to get their school togs ready – just doesn’t seem possible that that time has rolled around again. Or does it? It’s a little hard for me to remember what grades

[page 3] the boys will be in. However, I remember D’s grade – You might say the walkie Talkie grade or the crawley jabberin grade.

Our mail again – There isn’t any but it will come floating along in a great bunch. My mail to you according to your letters isn’t quite as spotty as before but still isn’t as good as you or I would like for it to be.

I’ll have to send John a some token of some sort for his birthday – I’ll send it the next day or two and I guess that will be plenty of time. I’ll have to remember D. a little later when his year is up.

Well, I guess that is about all for today –
Love Daddy

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The School Teaching Game (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

May 24, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran.

Dear Mother,

This will probably have to be a little short due to the fact that I’m – you might say in the school teaching game – That is I have to give an examination to boy to be passed on to a higher rating. It means $10-$15 per month more for the kid and the honor that goes with it.

A lapse of about 1 ½ hours – The exam is over and that is that. He passed.

Went shelling yesterday P.M. again and had pretty good luck but I think I’ll stop for a while

[page 2] because the stink of the shells around don’t never end if a few are brought in each day, and I’m also getting scared because practically every rock has a sea serpent or crab or numerous other forms of marine life – some slick and slimy looking and some just plain repulsive. The way we get the shells is to wade in the water about one foot deep and turn the rocks over. So you see if one of these animals swim against my legs I do lots of splashing and spattering.

Had a real treat yesterday. Real French fried potatoes.

[page 3] some how some one brought in about one peck of good old Idahoes and what a treat. We also had cutting meat but the potatoes were the real prize. I think you can gather from my letters what we consider the most important food. And you would be surprised at the number of conversation that are dominated by food.

Received a letter from Wayne Watson today it was written back in Mar. If I remember correctly I haven’t answered his last one but I just can’t keep the letters going like I used to do.

[page 4]so you will have to set lots of people right and also give them the news from here which is poor news as far as news is concerned not much.

You may get a letter from a lady in Reno N. some day – Mr. Howell said he would have his wife send you some copies of newspapers she has.

Well, I’m all written out again – Love Daddy.

P.S. got a letter from H. W. Reinhart (Hicky) yesterday – I think he is following me just like Dr. Joe is doing.

P.S. again – My full name on this envelope is a mistake OVER
I just slipped.

Russell Islands  Image by Kelisi at Wikipedia.com (Wikipedia Commons license)

Russell Islands
Image by Kelisi at Wikipedia.com (Wikipedia Commons license)

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One Year Ago Today (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Mar. 30, 1943
Lieut RS Yegerlehner USNR
A.P.O. 43
% Postmaster San Fran.

Dear Mother,

I remember well one year ago today when I steamed so quietly into Chicago to take my physical exam for this man’s navy – much has happened since then and as Deloris said in her letter I covered a lot of water since then. That is just in the way of retrospect.

This P.M. went swimming – went out where the big breakers roll in and almost got tossed several times but didn’t – Mr. Howell who was with me got his finger

[page 2] cut on a sharp piece of coral. Maybe my balance was better. Only things my feet are tender from the rough stuff.

I put a P.S. on yesterday’s letter and it seems to me I forgot to finish it. At present I really don’t remember what was it was I was saying but I really didn’t mean to be rude by stopping in the middle of the thing.

I wish you would send me a package of lettuce seed and a package of radish seed. Just drop them in an envelope and send them. I believe we could do pretty well if we had the seed. Surely things would grow in a hurry.

Well, I’ve exhausted myself for today – so solong

Love Daddy


Russell Islands
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