June 24 ’44 Sat. 12: Midnite

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Frank and his younger brother, George Hallemann

Hello darling —

It looks like I get worse & worse every nite — but I guess this will have to be a short letter, too. I went over to Dot’s tonite to write you, Georgie, & Mom a letter, & Vic & Dot were playing poker at Mrs. Dooley’s house next door. I said I had to write letters but they just insisted I play a while. I won $1.00 – & we quit at 11:30 – Mr. Dooley left for work at 11 o’clock – When we quit, Vic went home to put the kids to bed – they took Bernie to the Armo earlier. Then Dot, Mrs. Dooley & I got to talking & I didn’t get home til just now! I must be crazy! ha.

After work, Marie, Jane, Alici & I went to Herz’s & got a “super-gooey” sundae (I ate a sandwich also, for “Butch.”). Then I came home & wrote a letter, straightened the house, fixed my nails, washed a few things, pressed my new dress, took a bath, & got over to Dot’s to eat at 7:30! Had to hurry back cause Helen & I wanted to go look at a refrigerator for Mom on Shiller Place. We went to Confession on the way. The refrigerator isn’t much good & I don’t think Mom will buy it. We got back about 9:30 & I went to Dot’s. Saw Ed Menze & Harry Sanders at the Drug store before I went over & told them about “Butch.” They congratulated me & said they were sure going to write to “Pop!” Saw Mickey Meyer at last this aft. He really looks good. He said to tell you hello.

Oh yes, Mom invited Doc & Dot Raeder out tomorrow for dinner. Helen, kids, & I are going too.

Well, sweetheart, no letter today but I should get 2 or 3 Monday. I’m anxious to hear what you have to say about “Butch!” Dot finally called Aunt Ruth & she seemed so glad to hear from her. She isn’t mad – but said it has been too hot to go anywhere. Dot asked her why she didn’t come out while you were here & that you had asked about her all the time. She said she knew you only had a few days & she didn’t want to barge in! Doesn’t that sound just like her? She might come out this aft. So after I leave Mom’s I’ll go to Dot’s , then we can tell her our news! I’m going to stay at Mom’s all aft. tho, cause I haven’t been there on Sunday since you left.

I’m going to tell Pop & Grandpa about our baby too! I don’t care if they do think I’m crazy! I want old Grandpa to know, especially.

If I don’t answer Geo. & Mom’s letters soon, they’ll think I forgot them so I’ll have to do that tonite. Did you write Geo. yet & tell him? Catherine owes me a letter but I’ll drop her a line soon & tell her. I should write Aunt Effie & Helen, too.

Well, honey, take care of yourself for “us” & God be with you always. We are thinking & praying for you every day. We love you & miss you so much!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & “Butch.”

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June 24, 1944 7:00 P.M. Sat. (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

Well, this is Sat. night, honey, and I wish I could be with you. I miss you so much. Guess you are at Dot’s tonight. Hope you have a good time. I did a little washing tonight, and after I write this letter I’m going to take a shower and hit the sack.

Honey, I didn’t get a letter today, but I got two yesterday. I hope I get one tomorrow. Because I have duty this week end, as I told you before. I didn’t get S.P. duty today. But I have to guard the gate tomorrow from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. That won’t be bad. This place is getting more like a boot camp every day. They made a new gate for us, and we have to guard it on duty nights. And we have to hit the deck at 6:00 A.M. now. Before I didn’t get up till 7:15 A.M. Now we get up at 6:00 and have to wait till 7:00 to eat chow. And if you’re not out of your sack by 6:10 they put you on report. The other day they put 122 boys on report for not having their bunk in ship shape. And at night the lights have to be out at 10:00 P.M. Most of the fellows say they will be glad to get out of here. Just like Diego — the longer we were there the worse it got. Boy, I sure will be glad when this is all over with so we can be together again, honey.

How are you feeling? Are you taking good care of yourself? Please take it easy, honey, so nothing happens.

Well, honey, it’s getting late and i would like to take a shower before we have to turn the lights out. I wish I could write half as sweet a letter like you do. I sit here for hours trying to think of what to write. Everybody asks me if I’m writing a book. But I’m lucky if I can write a page.

All I can think of is how much I miss you, honey. I love you more every day. And hope and pray we will be together soon, honey.

God be with you always.

All my kisses & love, Frank.

P.S. Please tell everybody hello.

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June 24, ’44 Thurs. 11:55 P.M.

Hello Honey!

Just a line tonite. Just got home from the Armo with Dot, Vic, & kids. That’s the only thing I don’t like about going there — you get out so late.

Rec. your sweet letter & also the “Sea-Gull.” Thanks so much, honey. I enjoy looking at it. The pictures in it of the Parade looked like they were taken on Washington. It makes me blue thinking of the many times we walked there. I wish I had never come home! Just think, I could have still been with you all this time. I know I shouldn’t say things like that cause it only makes you feel bad. But I love you so & want to be with you!

Honey, I’m feeling fine. I just need lots more sleep & rest than I used to get. I went to bed at 10:30 last nite & felt so good today. Guess I’ll have to stop going to the Armo if it doesn’t start earlier.

Gee, I wish that guy would get your radio fixed. I know you miss it a lot.

Honey, I’m so sorry I said anything about you being with Smith. I know you don’t do anything wrong & I trust you because I love you so much.Please forgive me & have a little fun if you can. I know how lonesome you must be. Please don’t be mad at me or feel like you can’t go out. I really want you to. Someday we will be together again & I’m sure it will be soon. Tell Smith & the rest of the guys I said “hello.”

I love you, honey, and miss you so much. Take care of yourself & God be with you always.

All my love & kisses, Jean & “Butch”

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Fri. 12: Midnite June 23 ’44

My darling –

Just a line tonite – Dot, kids, & I just came home from the Armo but I wished I hadn’t gone now. It’s so late already.

Received your sweet letter today written Wed. Even tho you didn’t write Tues, I still didn’t miss a day receiving a letter. Honey, don’t worry if you don’t have time to write long letters, – I know you get busy. Just write one line & tell me you love me! I think you do swell to write me as much as you do!

I’m sorry you had S.P. duty again. They must think you make a good policeman! ha. If you would have had S.P. duty while I was there, could I have been with you? Or aren’t S.P.’s allowed to walk with girls, – even their wives?

Well, I went to the Dentist tonite & he put my tooth in. He was glad when I told him I was pregnant for sure. When he hurt me once, he said, “That’s a heck of way to treat a mother-to-be, isn’t it?” He gave me 2 prescriptions for some “calcium.” I’m supposed to get 100 of each & take them once a day. I don’t know what they cost yet but I’ll get them from Geo. tomorrow. There goes my money! ha. But it’s worth it cause it will keep my teeth in good condition & make the baby’s teeth & bones strong.

I went to Bob’s Cub Scout PowWow in Tower Grove Park when I got back. Every south St. Louis pack did something & Bob’s pack was dressed as Indians & danced around a big fire! It was really pretty & cute.

Then, like dopes, we all walked to the Armo cause it was so hot. I should have written letters.

Well honey, I’ll have to quit for now. Take good care of yourself & God be with you. All my love & kisses,

Your Jean & “Butch.”

P.S. What did the fellows say when you told them you were going to be a “Daddy?”

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June 23, 1944 8:30 P.M. Fri. (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

Well, honey, I got the best news I ever heard today. Are you really sure we are going to have a baby? It’s so hard to believe, after trying for 7 yrs. I’m the happiest man in the world. I sure wish I could be home to take care of you, honey. Please be sure and take good care of yourself, and do everything Dot tells you, honey. We don’t want anything to happen to our baby. I feel so happy I don’t know what to say.

I told the fellows in my hut the other day about you taking the rabbit test. They asked me what kind of a Dr. did you go to. They kept teasing me about having rabbits. Especially Vic Smith — every time he would see me get a letter, he would say, “Let’s see if you got any rabbits.” He said that is the craziest thing he ever heard of. He sure was glad to hear we are going to have a baby. He feels pretty blue because he can’t go home to see his. I hope & pray every day this war will be over soon so I can be home with you, honey.

Well, honey, I didn’t go to town tonight to get my radio like I said I was. I called him up today and he said it wouldn’t be fixed until Monday. He didn’t even start on it yet. So I guess I won’t have a radio to listen to over the week end as I told you I’m staying in this week end. I sure hope he fixes it for good this time. I don’t know what is wrong with it. It plays for about 5 min. and then it gets so noisy you can’t hear anything. I made a nice box for it so I can carry it on the train whenever we leave.

Honey, I am so sorry I didn’t start to write you sooner tonight. The Unit C had a softball game with the mess hall gang. So I played, it was so nice outside. We won 5 to 4. But it sure wasn’t like we played last year on Bent and Utah. Not half as much fun and no half barrel of beer. But I guess it will have to do till the war is over.

Honey, I received two letters today. Thanks a million for the letters and paper.

You asked me how my money is holding out. Don’t worry about me, I have plenty, about $50. How about you, honey? I could send you some, I don’t need it.

I’m glad to hear it cooled off. But I’m sorry you had to walk home from the Armo in the rain. Do you think you ought to walk in the rain when you’re pregnant? If you don’t take good care of yourself, I’m going over the hill and see that you do.

Honey, about going to Oakland, Calif. They told us it would be permanent and it was a Supply Depot and not a P.O.E. Permanent means from 3 to 6 months. That is all I know. I think I will like it better there than here. I’ll let you know more about it later when I find out.

Honey, I get 2 rolls of 620 film and one 116. I tried to get some more but he said he hasn’t any now but should get some about the 5th of July. So I’ll wait till then to send them to you. I told Larry Bannes I would try to get some 116 or 120 for him when I was home. So you can give it to him or Gwen. Tell them I said hello. Well, honey, it’s 10 P.M. and the lights are supposed to go out. Good night sweetheart till tomorrow. I love you so much. Please take good care of yourself.

All my love & kisses, Frank.

Honey, I hope you can read this letter. It was so late when I started I didn’t take time to write. So sorry, honey. Please forgive me. I’ll try to do better next time.

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June 22, 1944 9:00 P.M. Thur.

Dear Jean:

Well honey I guess this won’t be much of a letter tonight. I just wrote Geo. a letter. I owed him one for about 2 weeks. And Smith and I walked up to sick bay to see a fellow who came up from Diego with us. He’s been in sick bay for about 6 weeks. He got a ride back to the Depot one night and the car he was in turned over. He was hurt pretty bad. But I guess he’ll be Ok. soon. He looks good.

Well honey it looks like I’ll be in this Sat. & Sun. It’s not my duty week end, but a buddy’s wife is coming to town for 7 days and he has duty. So I traded him this week end for mine.

I don’t mind. I don’t know what to do when I go to town. I hope it’s a nice day so I can wash my blankets. They sure need it. And maybe I’ll find time to go swimming. We have a pool here, I think I told you. But I should write some letters, I owe so many.

I received your nice letter you wrote Sun. I did pretty good so far this week. One letter every day from you. I sure look forward to them. I don’t know what I would do if you ever stopped writing, honey. I’m afraid if I don’t start writing some better letters to you, you will stop writing to me. Please don’t, they’re so sweet.

I’m glad to hear you are going to the Armo with Dot, Vic, & kids. Please go whenever you get a chance. Especially with Dot and them, I know you are in good hands. And you be sure and do everything Dot tells you. She knows what’s good for you, honey.

I sure wish I could be home to help you. Please take good care of your self so nothing happens.

Well, honey, I think I told you I took my radio to town Monday night to get fixed again. I sure miss it. I didn’t get it back yet. I guess I’ll have to go get it tomorrow night so I will have some thing to listen to over the week end.

Well, honey it’s time to hit the sack, so I guess this is all for tonight. I love you more every day, honey. Please take good care of your self. And God be with you always.

All my love & kisses,


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June 21, 1944 7:30 A.M. Wed (from Frank)

Dearest Jean

Well honey It looks like I’ll never get your letters answered. I didn’t have time to write last night because I was on S.P. duty again, on 25th. It sure was a long night. Not much going on. Got to bed about 2:00 A.M. Sure feel tired today. I will try to answer your letters tonight.

Received your letter you wrote Fri. after you went to the Dr. and show. I am glad you went to Dr. R. but I wish you could find out for sure if we are going to have a baby. Please be sure and take good care of yourself, honey.

Honey, I’m so sorry I can’t write you a long letter. Please don’t be mad. I’ll try to do better tonight. Honey, I love you so much and miss you more every day. I hope and pray every day the war will be over soon so we can be together again. God be with you always.

All my love & kisses, Your Frank

P.S. I don’t think I’ll need those boots because I have another pair that should do.

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