Letter Home – March 21, 1943

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19430321-600-LscanDear Mother and Dad:

Well, I guess I have been pitching too much lately. The other night it was a little cold and the muscle of my arm tightened up on me. So I have quit playing for a while and I have a kid here that can give good rubbed down, work on my arm. Say, you said in your last letter that you couldn’t send the paper to mean without a request from the commanding officer; well, the first Sargent told us that you don’t have to have it, and all we have to do is write to you and you take this letter to the newspaper office. He said if they didn’t want to do it, to refer them to the postal order #19687. And if that didn’t work to go to the post office. I am sure you can get it through though, and I would appreciate it very much. That way I can catch up on all the sports news from home.

Oh yes! One other thing. See if you can get a copy of the “Liberty” magazine dated March 6, 1943. Don’t send it to me but I want to keep it for a souvenir, as the officer that told the story was on the same ship I was, and he gave a good description of the battle. If you have to write to the liberty magazine company, try to get it.

I received your package today, with the tobacco, anchor chief, and watch. Thanks a million as they will come in very handy. Don’t forget to send me some pipe cleaners in an envelope. Send them airmail if you can and that way they won’t take so long to get here. You know as long as your letters are not photographed, you might just as well send them with a 3¢ stamp on them. Just as long as they are be mail letters, they come just as fast as airmail the mail. We always get V-Mail letters first.

We had a letter from one of our boys that was in the company and we thought he had drowned when his ship was torpedoed. But now we know that he is alive and is back in the states in the hospital with both of his legs broke. He is getting along fine and will be out of the hospital soon. I bet Ray an Jean had a swell time. It’s a shame I couldn’t be there.

I have been wondering if you have ever received my increase in my allotment yet. What all have you and dad been doing, ha. I sure got a kick out of your letter when you said that it had turned warm and dad was out sowing his grass seed. I can just see him doing that too.

Well, mom and dad, I had better bring this letter to a close as I have little left to say. Goodbye to you both an I will write again Wednesday. I’ll be thinking of you both.

Your Son Chick

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