Dearest Sweetheart –
Just finished writing a long letter to Jack in answer to the letter I’m enclosing. Isn’t that a nice letter, honey? It made me feel so good. I’m addressing this letter to Albany, Calif. & I hope they don’t get lost. I’d like to keep that letter from Jack. So send it back when you can.
Rec. a sweet letter today from my sweetheart. But you’ll never know what a feeling I got when I read Amp. Landing Craft! I know you always said that was the lousiest branch of the Navy. Honey, I’m praying you stay in Albany & just repair them. I hope it’s a nice place with good food & all the boys are better satisfied there! At least you’ll be away from Lt. Frey. I know you want to leave Ogden, honey, but it always scares me to think of you going to a new strange place. I can picture you in Ogden cause I’ve been there but I don’t know how Albany is at all. I pray you have a good & safe trip there. I’ll be thinking of you every minute — just as I always do. Let me know all about it just as soon as possible — I know you will, darling.
Well, today is T.J.’s birthday. I didn’t get to see her because Helen & T.J. went to the park tonite but I left her present & card over there. Helen had a small party for her this aft. She & Bob both, are sure getting big. When I quit work, I’ll see them more often.
I saw Mr. Rossfeld tonite & he told me to tell you you’re not the only carpenter! — Billy is chopping down trees in New Guinea (I told you before). But I wanted to tell you what he said. He told me Billy wrote he saw a dead “crocodile” about 10 ft. long & he sure hopes he doesn’t run into a live one! ha. Eddie wrote (when he heard about it) that Bill shouldn’t be afraid of a crocodile but he should be afraid & careful of the snakes down there! Honey, I don’t mean to be selfish but as long as you’re in the States I hope you stay here! I’m sure the war will be over soon & if you leave here you may have to stay in the Navy longer if you are at sea. I want you to come home to me & the baby as soon as you can!
Honey, don’t worry about me. “Dot” is taking good care of me! ha. I feel swell – I’m disgustingly healthy — you know I always have been!
I sure get a kick out of Vic, Jr. & Bob. They are thrilled to death about “Butch.” You know Bob belongs to the Cub Scouts & Dot saw Mrs. Miller, his “Den Mother” today on the street. She told Dot that the nite of the Cubs’ “PowWow” in T.G. Park – Bob came up to her, all dressed up & painted like an Indian, & said to her – “Mrs. Miller, I have something to tell you, – I couldn’t tell you before, but now it is a “known fact” – my Aunt is going to have a baby!” Mrs. Miller said she could have died laughing at him! He looked so funny, all dressed up & he said it so seriously! I know her, of course, & she said how glad she was to hear it.
The kids & Vic went fishing tonite about 5 o’clock with Mr. Dooley & Bernie (next door) & they just got back. They caught 3 fish. They went to Spring Lake. Vic, Jr. is standing here & told me to tell you he caught 2 of them!
Well, honey, it’s almost 10:30 & I want to get to bed soon, so I guess that’s it for tonite. Please be careful on your trip & God be with you!
Let me know all about your new base. I hope you like it.
I love you, darling, & miss you more every day. Wish you cold be here this minute! I’d never let you go again! Everyone said to tell you hello & hurry home.
Take good care of yourself, darling,
All our love & kisses,
Jean & Butch.
Honey, I was going to put Jack’s letter in here but Dot said since I’m sending it to an address you aren’t sure of, I’d better wait til I know for sure. I’ll send it later, tho. I hope & pray you get your mail regularly & it doesn’t get messed up like it usually does when you move!
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