July 20 ’44 Thurs, 10 P.M.


Hello my darling –

Well, I don’t know what to think – I still haven’t had a letter from you. I keep telling myself it takes longer to get here from Calif. – it may take til tomorrow for it to get here. Maybe you haven’t even rec. the Air-Mail & other letters I sent you, yet, & don’t realize how worried I am. I tho’t as soon as you rec. my Air Mail you might wire me or send a Special Delivery letter. Vic keeps telling me you are probably busy & if you are anywhere near the explosion, were probably called to help in repairing the damage at Port Chicago. Dot was really surprised I didn’t get a letter today, I know, but tried not to show how worried she was. Honey, if you are called to help at P. Chicago please, please, be careful! You might not be near it at all & I’ll surely get a letter tomorrow explaining everything. I haven’t called Mom anymore because I can’t tell her I heard from you at last. It would just worry her more. But I’ll call just as soon as I get a letter!

Well, darling, we had a nice evening. Just sat around & talked & laughed with the kids. They are really clowns! Dot said there’s always a “floor show” over there! Don’t know what I’d do without them! When I got home there was a great big electric Victrola sitting in the bedroom at Dot’s. It has a bad tube & needs some work done on it but Vic bought it from a guy for $15-. Vic sold their old table & 4 chairs to another guy for $7- So he figured the Victrola cost him only $8- Then they had a fellow come out from Ludwig’s to appraise the old piano & he gave them $5- & will move it out & pay for that. They were lucky to get $5 for it. So, counting that $5- the Victrola came to $3-. Vic wants Ed. M. to come over & see about the bad tube. The radio man on Morganford said the tube would cost $2.85 but they are pretty hard to get. Dot bought 2 records today but they sound awful with one tube burned out & whatever else is wrong. We had a lot of fun with it, tho. I hope we can get it fixed up. You know how we will enjoy records! It’s a pretty cabinet but wait til you see how large it is! It’s about as large as one of those “juke boxes!”

I mentioned something about water-melon the other day & here Dot had a half a melon tonite! I wanted to pay for it but she wouldn’t let me. We just had some before I came home. It was so good & I tho’t of you & how well you like it – so I ate some for you – & some for “Butch!” ha.

Honey, I’m feeling swell & even that sleepy tired feeling is gradually going away! Of course, I still have to get plenty of rest. Don’t worry about me! I don’t even have pains in my side like I used to since I’m pregnant! I think it’s doing me good! When I quit work I’ll feel better yet! Honey, I’m anxious to quit except for one reason. You always said I’d never be able to save any money but just in these 2 months – I paid my dentist bill & Mom off (or will when I see her) paid all our little bills – gas, elec. – florist, etc. & even bought dresses & shoes! Just think what I could do if I continued working! I’ll even get a $25. bond when I get paid next time! But of course I won’t be able to save anything much after I quit. Oh, I wouldn’t take all the money in the world for the wonderful thing that is going to happen to us, — but I’d like to prove to you, I can save — & I would if I continued working! I’ll bet in 6 months I could have put a lot of money back in bonds to make up what I spent on my trip! But of course, Butch is worth all that & a million times more! You’ll have to admit I did pretty good in 2 months, anyway, didn’t I? ha. Why I even went to the Armo 10 or 12 times a week! ha.

Honey, have you ever tho’t about who we’ll ask as God-parents for our baby? Let me know if you have any ideas. We have plenty of time to think about it!

Dot & I are going to the Dr. tomorrow nite.

Oh yes, the kids are so excited! They are going to get up at 3 o’clock Sat. morning & go fishing with Vic & another fellow. Bill Kreiger, I think. They can hardly wait to go. I told Dot, since they will be gone til Sat. nite, she should meet me at 1 o’clock Sat. & we’d have lunch downtown & then see a nice show. If we have time, I’d like to price “materntiy” dresses. I want to get one real nice one & then a few nice aprons to wear around the house & in the evening. I don’t need them right now but want to start looking at them. My nice brown dress is already getting a little tight, tho.

Well, sweetheart, I’m praying I get a letter tomorrow. If I don’t – I don’t know what I’ll do! Please take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you, always! I love you so much & pray everynite you love me just half as much! I miss you so darn much & think of you every minute. I hope you will be home soon! The war news is sure encouraging the past few days, don’t you think so, honey? Hope & pray God is going to tend all this at last!

Be good, darling, & remember I love you & am waiting for you! Please hurry home — Butch & I are so lonesome for you!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

P.S. I ran out of little envelopes tonite so had to send this in a large one!

July 18 ’44 Tues 10 P.M.



My darling —

No letter today but I’m sure I’ll get one tomorrow – you just sent your last one Air Mail & it got here quicker & your Mon. letter is probably coming regular mail.

I was so upset this morning – I’m still worried but now I’m sure you weren’t too close to the explosion. Of course, I’ll feel much better when I hear from you. I hope I get a letter tomorrow. Write & let me know all about it. That explosion must have been terrible! I feel so sorry for all those boys! Honey, please be careful wherever you work down there. I don’t think I could go on living if anything happened to you! Now, I worry about you more than ever. I just can’t get it off my mind!

Honey, I don’t know what is wrong with me. I meant to write such a nice letter tonite but all I can think of is something happening to you — & I love you so much! I promise when I quit work, I’ll write you nice long letters. The evening goes so fast. By the time we do dishes & sit & rest awhile – it’s 10 or 10:30. I wanted to be in bed by 9 or 9:30 tonite. Boy, these last few days at work are sure going slow!

Mom talked so nice over the phone this morning. She seemed so glad to hear from me. I’m going to try to go out there from work some evening soon. I told her I’d come out more often as soon as I quit work.

She said Grandpa, A. Anna, Pop, & she were feeling ok. It’s pretty warm here again but the nites are a little cooler.

Honey, I miss you so. It just gets worse all the time! I don’t know what to do. — I’d give a million dollars to be with you but don’t want to take any chances with Butch.

Dot told me to tell you to come on home & quit hanging around out there – even if the weather is nice! ha. She’s a good kid – & tries so hard to cheer me up. I went over there this morning before work & told her about the explosion & asked her what I should do. She said I shouldn’t wire you – that you were Ok & not to worry. I felt a little better. — She wants me to quit work so bad & will be so glad when I do (So will I).

Well, darling, it’s getting late again & I want to go to bed – (without my sweetheart again!).

Take good care of yourself & God be with you! Let me know about your set-up & everything. I love you so, darling! Please hurry home to us. We miss you more every day!

Goodnite darling!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

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July 17 ’44 Mon. 10:25 P.M.

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Hello Honey —

I rec. 2 letters written in Ogden – one card on the train & one letter written Sun. You sent it Air-Mail. I got it in 24 hrs. Not bad. I’m afraid you won’t get my last few letters, tho, honey, I sent them to Amp. L. Craft Depot & the address you gave me is altogether different. Didn’t they send you where you thought you were going to go? I’m sorry about the letters but maybe you’ll get them anyway.

I rec. a nice letter from Geo. today. It was mailed the 11th but he doesn’t say anything about where he is. He congratulated me about the baby & said he was really hoping for a boy to keep the Hallemann name in circulation for a while! I guess by now he was written you about the baby. It was a sweet letter & I want to answer him soon.

Thanks so much for the pictures you sent of the huts. I wish you would send some of yourself tho, & soon, honey!

I’m sorry you didn’t see Martha or Mr. W. Is Martha back in Ogden now?

Are you sure Smith didn’t talk you into going with him? Ha! Honey, you said the show was good but didn’t say the name of it. I hope the reason you liked it wasn’t because it was about ships!

Thanks a lot for the baby name book, honey. We haven’t had much chance to look at it yet but we will soon. Tell Smith I said thanks so much.

I’m glad you heard from W. Thomas. He & V. are sure lucky to be together yet.

From the looks of things you aren’t in a very nice place. I’m so sorry you stay in such a lousy place! Let me know more about it, honey. I don’t want you to go to sea even if you don’t have such a nice set-up in Albany, tho.

No, I don’t know Reiks’ address but will try to find out & let you know.

Did you stay the same place Sun. nite as you did Sat? I hope you had a nice place to sleep, honey.

Frank, I’m so sorry my last few letters have been so lousy but it’s late again & I have a few things to do yet. I’ll be so glad when I quit work, then I can write you better.

We didn’t go to the Dr. tonite. It was so late, we had a late start – so decided to wait til Friday & go early.

Honey, I’ll write more tomorrow & thanks so much for all the letters & card.

Take good care of yourself & God be with you always! I love you & miss you more every day. Please hurry home to us!

Be careful in Frisco, Calf. It’s a strange place & anything can happen.

I love you, darling!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.


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July 17 ’44 3:30 P.M. Mon. (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

Well, honey I’m in my stall writing this letter. Nielsen, Robke, Zim, two other fellows and I have stall 17, stable U. This must have been a big race track. There are a lot of stables here. And each stable has 34 stalls.

The whole race track is covered with Landing Craft, even the center part. We were brought here to build the place up and repair landing craft. So far we didn’t do anything yet. Our sea bag didn’t get here yet. It was supposed to get here today. I hope it does. Because it costs too much to stay in town. I spend $10.00 over the week end just for room and eats.

There is lots to see here, but it sure costs lots of money. I wish you could come out. You would like it better than Diego. One of the chiefs said we were on permanent duty. If that is true the Navy is supposed to pay the train fare for your wife out here. But I guess that won’t help us. You won’t be able to come out here with Butch. I sure wish you could tho. I miss you so much, honey.

The weather here is pretty cool. The wind blows most of the time. All the ladies had their coats on yesterday, some even had fur coats on. Quite of few of the fellows had their pea coats on. I guess you wish you could have some of this cool air in St. Louis. Don’t worry about my pea coat. I’ll wait awhile and see how it is. Maybe I’ll just buy one of those black rain coats if they don’t cost too much.

All we did yesterday (Sun.) was walk around in San Francisco and rode the streetcars. We bought a Sun. streetcar pass. This sure is some town to see. One of the main streets has 4 streetcar tracks. And there are a lot of people running back and forth just like we did when we were in Chicago with the car. I wish I had a camera. I could take some pictures and send them to you, honey. I guess you got the film and gum I sent you. I tried to get more film but couldn’t.

Honey, I just went up for chow and stopped to see if I had any mail. And I did. I received the one you wrote Thurs, 13. I sure was glad to get it, honey. The address was Ok but they changed it a little.

Frank Hallemann C.M. 3/c,  Naval Landing Force Equipment Depot,  Albany 6, Calif.

The only letters I’m missing are Tues. & Wed. I guess I’ll get those soon. You write so sweet, honey. I wish I could write half as nice. How is Butch? Are you taking good care of yourself?

Well, honey, I guess this is all for tonight. Please take good care of yourself & Butch. I love you so much and miss you more every day, honey. God be with you both.

All my love & kisses


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 “This is our stable. Half the door is open, you know, how horse stable doors are.”july 17 np photo

Here Frank writes about the cutouts of the sailors hitching rides: “This is pretty good. There are 3 of them. One for Oakland & San Francisco also.”

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July 16 ’44 Sun. 7:20 P.M.

Hello Darling!

Another lonesome Sun. without you. I wonder how many more there will be? Week-ends are always the worst cause I don’t get any letters. I suppose you’re in Albany by now, & I keep wondering how you like it. I hope it’s a nice place & the officers are nice to you. Write & tell me all about it. Where you sleep & how many sailors there are, etc.

I meant to write you a nice long letter tonite but we are going to the Armo & it’s getting pretty late. I intended to do so much today & didn’t get anything done! Went to Dot’s after 11 o’clock Mass. Victor & Bob served together at 11 & you don’t know how good it makes me feel to see them both on the altar – so devout & all. It made me cry – I was so proud. They looked so nice & they really know how to serve. Wish you could have seen them, honey!

Well, I went home with them, – I had already eaten before Mass but ate a piece of bacon & toast. Then Dot & I got to talking & about 1 o’clock Gwen came over. So I stayed there til almost five, then rushed home & washed out a few things & straightened the house. I went back & ate supper & Bob said he would help Dot with the dishes so I came home & washed my hair. I wanted to write you before we go to the show, too.

Gwen looks good, she showed us some pictures Glen sent. He looks good, too. Since he found out about the baby, he writes he is coming home when it happens or maybe before. He can get an emergency leave for a couple of months. She says she doesn’t want him to cause she hates to see him go again. Maybe by that time the war will be over. I hope so. Her baby is due about Jan. 10th. About 3 weeks before “Butch.”

Honey, do you think you can get a leave to come home when Butch is born? The war news has really been encouraging lately. Have you been hearing the news broadcasts? Oh! If only it would be over by then – & you could come home to stay!

The weather has been a little cooler here. How is the weather in Albany? Hope it isn’t hot there. Do you wear your blues all the time?

Well, sweetheart, I want to take a bath before I go so I can go right to bed when I get home. I know these last 2 letters haven’t been much but I’ll try to write a nice long one next time. I go to the Dr. again tomorrow nite. Dot will probably go with me.

Take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you always! I love you more than I could ever say & miss you more every day! I’m thinking of you every minute & can’t wait til we’re together again!

All our love & kisses to “Daddy,”

Jean & Butch

Didn’t get to go to Mom’s today like I planned. Guess I’ll have to wait til I quit work before I can get anything done!

Kim’s note: This is the inside of Holy Family Church in south St. Louis where Victor and Bobby served mass. This is my aunt and uncle’s wedding in 1963, so there were probably changes between then and 1944.

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July 15 ’44 Sat. 11P.M.

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Hello Sweetheart –

Just a few lines tonite cause I want to go to bed right away. Today was pay-day & the girls wanted me to go to the show downtown with them before I quit work. We all left work about 1:30 P.M. then we all had shopping to do. I walked for 3 hrs. trying to find a nice pair of shoes! I wanted to get a real good pair cause I had to spend a stamp. Well, there was only one store that had what I wanted. They only cost 3.99 but they are nice. We met at the Orient about 5 & had a nice dinner, then Jane insisted on paying my way to the show. We had a cake after the show & I just got home. Boy, I’m really tired from walking all day. I didn’t even go by Dot’s but I told her yesterday I was going to be with the girls today.

Honey, I hope you get these letters I’m sending to Albany. I know it’s lonesome when you don’t get letters. Please let me know all about your trip & how you like it where you are.

Everyone here is fine & asks about you all the time.

Please take good care of yourself, darling & God be with you always. I love you & miss you so much! Goodnite for now, sweetheart.

All our love & kisses!

Jean & Butch


This isn’t much of a letter but I’ll do better next time.

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July 14 ’44 Fri. 8:20 P.M.

My darling –

Rec. your sweet letter today, written Tues. Even since I got it — I’ve felt so blue cause you left today & are probably on the train right now! I don’t know why I should feel so bad about it cause I know you wanted to leave Utah – I guess it’s just that you’re going further away from me every minute and honey, every minute you’re away seems like a year to me! I can’t believe it’s just 2 months since you left me! I can’t stand being away from you much longer, Frank. Sometimes I think as soon as I quit my job I’ll come where you are even if I am pregnant! Oh how I wish I could! But then, they might freeze all travel & I’d be away from my Dr. And I’d never be able to get one on the West Coast as crowded as it is. I don’t know what to do. I guess I’m just blue & lonesome for you tonite. If all this doesn’t end soon I’ll go crazy!

Honey, don’t worry when you can’t write much cause you play ball or swim. I want you to have as much fun as you can. Your letters are always so sweet anyway. They are all I have these days! I’m so glad to know you heard the All-Star game. As soon as I quit – I’m going to go to the Ladies Day games with Dot & the boys. If the 2 St. Louis teams play the Series, this town will go crazy. Wish you & I could go see them play!

I hope you got to see “Mom” before you left, honey. And it was nice you wanted to visit the Church. I’ll never forget Ogden & St. Joseph’s Church cause it did so much for us. Maybe, someday we can take a trip up there & see Mom again. I’d sure like that.

I don’t see why Vic worries Bea by writing her about his dates! How does he expect her to feel? He’s crazy if you ask me! She’s got enough on her mind with all the kids & being away from him without him writing her about his dates! He ought to feel bad about it! He sure wouldn’t like it if she went out but he knows she can’t cause she’s tied down with the kids. Why doesn’t he get smart & act like the father of 4 children instead of a young single punk? What the heck – doesn’t he think all the guys are lonesome? He’s not the only one! But if the other guys can stand it – he can! I wanted to ask you so many times – honey, is he & all the rest of the Sea-Bees going to Albany, too? How about Alice & Myrtle? Did they go too?

I was going to the Armo tonite but I don’t think I can make it. They have a picture I want to see so bad but I’m just too tired. Guess I’ll take Dot’s advice & take a bath & go to bed. She & the kids wanted to stay home with me but I didn’t want her to if I just go to bed. Helen went too, with T.J. & Bob. She came over and asked me to go & thanked us both for the playsuit we gave T.J. Geo. told me Elsie K. came by last nite & I asked Helen if she told her about us & she said she wanted to but thought I wanted to tell her. I told her she could have, I wouldn’t have minded at all cause I don’t know when I’ll see them. I just wanted to tell Mom first. Maybe when I quit work I’ll go see Elsie & A. Anna.

Well, honey, I keep thinking about you on the train & I feel worse & worse so I guess I’d better quit writing until I feel better. I never felt more like crying than I do tonite! Guess a good night’s sleep will fix me up. I’m sorry if I wrote a lousy letter.

I love you so much darling & miss you more every day. Please take good care of yourself & God be with you always! I’m thinking of you every minute & just living for the day we can be together again!

All our love & kisses, Jean & Butch.

Helen started a letter to you but is afraid to send it til you get a more definite address. Hope you get these letters, honey!

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