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Appreciation (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Fran. Cal.
Oct. 21, 1943

Dear Mother,

I wrote John & Mark each a letter last night – not much of a letter but I thought possibly they might get a kick out of it and they probably appreciate getting a letter addressed directly to them.

And while writing of appreciation – It’s a word we often use but frequently think of what it means. We possibly never appreciate the things we have until we are removed from them. How much did we appreciate the morning paper? If it were a few hours or even minutes late we had plenty to say. What was our reaction when we couldn’t get a drink of cold water? Was that appreciated then? Understand you don’t have to answer these questions. I’m just trying to point how much we didn’t think of those things. A number of others can be enumerated – pushing the button on the radio and there is the station wanted. Want a strawberry sundae? How about a coke & a hamburger – What are those things? A good warm shower or even

[page 2] a tub bath could be had. And to be sure many varieties of foods. There is always a possibility of too much starch in the finished shirt or a few wrinkles now and then. What a button off a shirt! And yes that light over this chair is not correct and what kind of a chair were you thinking about? That mattress and those springs are a little too hard.

All those things and numerous others could be mentioned – commented upon – the necessity of each questioned and many wasted words of praise or sympathy depending upon the whether here or there, but possibly the greatest thing we didn’t appreciate was the well round society we were living in – In other words a “co-Ed” society, plus kiddes and also the old folk. And last but not least one very definite and outstanding thing – That glass of water before each meal!

The above all sounds crazy I know and I really did and still do appreciate you and your care of me –
Love Daddy

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Fran Calif.
Oct. 20, 1943

Dear John,

I’ve just finished writing Mark and I find that this was the only paper I had. So you will have to excuse it at present because it is raining and the store is closed.

The last letter I remember getting from you was the one thanking me for your birthday present. So I guess it really was my time to write.

Mother wrote the other day that you were playing foot ball – in your Ph. Ed. Class. That should really be good for you – give you some muscles and make a tough boy?

Do you ever write any compositions anymore? Our show the other nite was “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and in it the hero was always composing songs. It made me think of you. I could just see you sitting there pecking out the tunes.

Right now we have news commentators on – Raymond Gram Swing is on – It’s nice and clear – sounds just like we used to get them at home.

Love Daddy

P.S. Don’t forget that kiss to Mother.

John (January 1943)

John (January 1943)

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How About You? (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Oct. 20, 1943

Dear Mark –

It surely has been a long time since I’ve written you and about that long since I’ve received a letter from you.

Mother often writes me that you are still working on your airplanes. I just wonder how many different planes you can identify – The P-38 of course is easy – the P-40 isn’t so easy – How about the F47, F4U, F67, TB7, SBD, the B-25, B-24, B-17 & the Ventura? I think I can identify each of those types – How about you?

I hope your school work is coming along fine by now and I know your grades will be as good and probably better than last year. You can do it I know. So I’m looking forward for a good report at the end of your first grading period.

Well son I’m betting on you so don’t let me down.
Love Daddy

P.S. Don’t forget that kiss to Mother from me.

Mark (January 1943)

Mark (January 1943)

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The F Word (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Oct. 20, 1943
F.P.O. San Fran Cal.
Navy 60

Dear Mother,

I seemed to have gotten the address date etc., at the heading of this letter out of the usual order – for no reason at all. Just a mental relapse for a short period of time.

Last night’s show was – “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” a pretty good light comedy. It’s a scream to attend the show not so much for the show itself but to get the reactions of the men who are and have been from under the influence of women. The officers are a little more reserve in their comments, but when the leading actress makes here her appearance there are loud cheers & whistles which would cause most shows in the states to stop and investigate. Let the leading lady walk across the stage in a suggestive manner as they sometimes do and the same loud cheering – The thing that really brings down the house is mention of a South Sea Isle. The shows aren’t the only place where women’s influence is missing.

[page 2] The ordinary conversation of the men and some of the officers is dotted all too often with juicy bits of vulgarity which would make the hair raise of many a good man woman and/or men also. The favorite word which one hears most often is that nasty four lettered word which runs something like the f—k. You would be surprised as to the number of places where that has been used as an adjective. I’m not being vulgar in writing this – That is maybe not. In a Time Magazine of about one year ago that word was printed just as I have it written – Maybe you have read it. I shutter [shudder] to think of the influence necessary to delete that word and I have a feeling that there will be many blushing faces due to the slip of the tongue. I’m not pleading the fair haired boy but thank goodness that is one word I haven’t picked up even though possibly I have selected a few extra.

Woman’s influence on man might make a good topic and I could write from both sides since I’ve enjoyed the one side and despaired of the

[page 3] of the other and I’ll add that the woman who has had the most influence on me has been the very best – namely Mrs. R.S. Yegerlehner

Love Daddy

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More Water Torture (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran Cal.
Oct. 18, 1943

Dear Mother,

Blue Monday or rather I should say hot & sticky Monday. I had that same old Chinese torture last night. A drop of water about every 15 min., either in the face, shoulder or tummy. I’m going to try to do something about that today because it is bothersome to have that tent top leak and have that drop of water ever so often. If it were a large stream I guess I’d get my rain coat or something but it isn’t worth while when the drops are so far apart. So much for that nonsense.

Again I’m wishing you a happy birthday and I do hope your next bunch of flowers gets there in time for your birthday. I believe this fellow is reliable and will come thru but according to his schedule it may be later than your birthday so don’t give up hope.

Here it is past the middle of Oct. and I’m

[page 2] still at the same place as in Feb. If anyone had told me then I’d be here this long I surely would have felt as if he were using the truth very careless but time has passed very rapid and I suppose I can say I’ve enjoyed myself as much as am I could have anyplace out of the U.S.A. and possibly more so than at Norfolk. It’s just the distance that makes Norfolk more desirable.

The radio is on in the skipper’s tent and the colored boy is trying to do the “jive” at the same time – trying to clean our tent and neither one is going along so well. In fact my thoughts are going to pot also. He is always asking for something and also thinks I can send him home but he is too healthy for the medical department to have much to do with his going home.

Well, I’m all done up as far as more letter in concerned.
Love Daddy

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Tonsil Advice (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Oct. 17, 1943

Dear Mother,

Your v-mail letters of 9-28 & 10-4 came yesterday and your air mail of 10-3. That made the v-mail one day later than the air mail – That is the last v-mail. They were both printed or pictured on the same day. Too bad Glen had to go home but finances are an important thing in this day & age.

I can’t give you any advice about your tonsils because I don’t know what the condition of your throat was after your illness last winter. So you will just have to rely on Dr. Ade and yourself. I do believe this however that if removed in the spring you will have less trouble with raw irritation during the winter but maybe just raw irritation wouldn’t be as bad as a full blown sore throat all winter long.

I don’t believe I mention or commented on the new great grandchild – no doubt

[page 2] the whole family is proud and even more so since a female turned up at that time.

Your finances were more depleted than you stated in your previous letter but if you had all bills paid up to Oct. 4 maybe you can skimp along until Nov. 1 when your regular checks come in – and maybe by that time I’ll be able to send a little again.

The boy is here cleaning and he keeps mumbling and I’m trying to write in between. He wants my Jeep this P.M. and I have to think of a good excuse because he drives too reckless. The colored boys around here are have wrecked a few so they can’t be trusted to far. I’ll just have to send a driver but they don’t like that.

Well, I have to go treat the natives again this A.M. and it is about time.
Love Daddy

P.S. We heard Sat P.M. football game between Navy & Penn. State a direct broadcast this A.M. at breakfast time – figure that out.

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Inspection Time (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 60 F.P.O. San Fran Cal
10-16-43

Dear Mother,

No mail yesterday again but today is young.

My thoughts aren’t well collected this A.M. so I’m just not sure of what might get into this letter.

Just a thought that I overlooked in your last letters and that is the seemingly superiority of our D. Maybe you didn’t mean it that way but I’m glad you feel that way – first because it’s a parent’s duty and second from what you say it seems to be true. Maybe I’m breaking my arm – patting myself on the back. Hope you haven’t any broken bones from that type of thing.

Today is regular inspection day for our own camp and since I have the Island to look after ours

[page 2] is always a little worry some to me because it should be a good example. It usually is in pretty good condition and I have very little to worry about but it is a continuous fight to keep the little things going. Like having the cooks clean their finger nails and having them change their uniforms before they get to slick or slimy. You know men are men the world over, and this is no exception out here.

Now you will have to admit I’ve written something but as far as it being interesting or informative it is nil, but it did serve as a kind of visit with you which otherwise would have been missed

Lots of Love
Daddy

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