Letter Home – February 16, 1944

19440216a-Letter Scan-pg1Dear Mother & Dad,
Well I’ll try to answer your questions now. Here are the dates that I have received your letters and the questions will be answered accordingly. Dec. 6, 7, 10, 13, Dads, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, Jan. 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, Dads, 13, 14, 17, 21, 22, 23 Dads, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29.
From the way you describe the kitchen it must be beautiful. Have you had the pictures made for the boy I told you about yet, also it goes for the second group that I sent home. Let me know how much they cost and he will pay me. You know dad, you and mother should take a real vacation this summer and rest for a change. I know that’s what we will all do when I get home. You know before the war I was always on the go all of the time. I loved you and mother but I spent little time with you both. Since I have been over here you realize what your parents mean to you. Sometimes I get tears in my eyes when I get letters from you both. Please try not to worry too much. I know you can’t help it but 19440216b-Letter Scan-pg2I’ll be home one of these days and then we can all for get about it. Well dad I tried to keep my feet warm, but I just can’t do it. The rest of my body is warm but for some reason I just can’t keep my feet warm. Oh well summer will be here soon. Yes we had Turkey for thanksgiving. That desk Gee gave you two for Christmas is really something. From the pictures Gee sent me, the house look swell. Yes I received the socks, both pair and the booties too. I think I have received all of your packages so far.
Your letters so far, I received the Tea and marshmallows. No my watch quit about a month ago. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. I had been caring the handkerchief around in a bag and it got wet. They came from Trapani Sicily. Yes I hear from Charlie Miller every once in awhile. He told me about the baby. I doubt if either Snook or I will get to see Ervie. He is stationed at an airfield and they are miles behind the lines and we never get back that far. You never can tell though we may run into him yet. I have ask about my allotment a couple of times now so I guess it will be straightened out before long. Boy, Miller surely gets home a lot doesn’t he. Bob Conant is an officer in the air core engineers and is in England. Ha ha ha Bud’s a priest is he. Well that’s the best place in this man’s army. You only have yourself to look after. Yes I have my pipes. No dad I don’t think I have gained any weight, I’m still the same. What’s the matter, aren’t your old eyes good enough for you that you have to wear glasses, ha ha. How are we going to do any hunting? Now mom don’t worry about paying me back. If you and dad have any use for my money use it. Very seldom do we see an apple. I haven’t seen ice cream since last summer in Sicily. Thank Mr. Dobbins for the pipe & also thanks to you for the pouch. I received the comic books OK. Well one more thing I’ll always know what they dad’s birthday is on now. Guess the Law boy is here. I’ll try to see him when I get a chance. Well I guess that’s about it.

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Well here’s who all sent me Christmas packages and this is the order they came.

Mother & Dad Vet of Foreign Wars
Jane Rudicill Emma Sass
Cannats Claud & Mildred
Mrs. Nelson Al & Iola
Ermma & Marie Sass Gee
Mother, Dad Mrs. Fleshner
Mrs Goldsby Rita
Gee & Snook Griersons
Aunt Stella Bernards
Mrs Barber Mom & Dad
Es & Hary & Kids Mrs. Barber
Betty McCole
Gee & Snook
Marie Tapscott
Mae Barber
Harry & Es
Frank Mitchner

Good by & I love you both very much.
Your Son,

PS Tell Gee to put these comic strips in my scrap book.

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