Dear Mother & Dad:
Well Mom & dad I am pretty busy right now but I am taking a five and have this typewriter right here in front of me so I thought I had better write you a few lines. Boy tell Janie I know I owe her a letter I think but I just haven’t time to write any one. They say we will be at sea for 45 days so I cant say where we will go. It will probably be only half of that but you never can tell. So if you dont here from me dont worry. I will write you the first change I get.
Call up Miss Fitzgerald or little Mary Murphy and tell her I received her letter and medal, and I am wearing her medal, but I just don’t have time to write to her. Tell her I think its very nice and even though I don’t write to her I am thinking of the all. Thank Gee for my Christmas present. I think we will be leaving about next Monday or Tuesday. I sent all of my thing home C.O.D. Today so put all of them away. If I have Sunday off I am going to try and get down and see Harry. I guess you had better let dad wear my watch unless I tell you to send it to me. Now listen you two dont go worrying about me I am tickled to death that we are going so you should be too. Tell little Billy I liked his letter fine and I’ll have a lot of stories to tell him when I get home, and when I say I’m coming home I mean I am coming home so you don’t have to worry a bit. I havent the slightest idea where they are sending me.
Oh yes call Harry Combes and tell him I am going and for him and Becky t write me a letter I will get it some day. I am at a lost for words right now so I guess I had better close for now. I will write you the next free time I get. Boy I’l be so glad when I get on that ship I won’t know what to do. Just think a whole month and all I will do is just lay around and sleep. Good night, that is good night for me its about 10:30 PM now and I dont know how much longer we will have to work. Good by and I will be thinking and loving you both.
Just me, your son “Chick”
Letter Home – October 16, 1942