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Friday, July 20, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Hasn't Written For Three Weeks

July 20, 1944

No letter from Johnny.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Says It Looks Like Rough Sledding Here On Out

July 2, 1944

My Darling Mark
Hello Sweetheart
I haven’t written for quite some time so will write a few lines. I have been pretty busy lately honey – or would have written sooner.
I won’t have much time to write honey – but will every chance I get. We haven’t had any mail for some time now.
I’d like to write & tell you of a lot of stuff here but can’t you know.
It looks as tho its going to be pretty rough sledding here on out.
It rains nearly every day here – enough to make it muddy & miserable.
Dode is in the Navy in Texas now – they finally got him too. Heard from your brother lately?
Honey – I sho miss you & all that loving that goes with you. I could sure use some now. I can remember the times I’ve missed loving you and I rue it to this day. I’ll know better when I get back. I’ll know better than to pull any more of those stunts I did at Manhattan!!!!!
One never knows till its too late – does one? Huh?
I got some pictures from Cec. a while back.
Well, honey I’d better close for now – I’ve got some water heating for coffee. Synthetic coffee! I’d like to taste some good coffee again.
I’d better write home too I guess so will close for now. I miss you and love you more every day honey. Write soon. Bye for now. I love you Sweetheart.
All My Love Always,    Johnny
P.S. This 10 franc (20 cents) is French invasion money)

10 Franc note, front

10 Franc note, back

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Goes To a Quaint Old Pub in France

June 21, 1944
Wed. Eve. 10:00 P.M.

My Darling Mark
Hello Sweetheart!!
I just got your letter of the 9th yesterday and the one of the 11th today.
I was mighty happy to hear from you honey.
So you got the letter I raised all the hell in huh? I’m sorry I wrote it now honey – but I had to blow my top sometime. It’s all over now anyway.
Let’s just keep the mail regular now huh?
I’ve got two letters from Cec. in the last two weeks too. You both seem to be getting on the ball! He told me he was going to be a daddy in August!  He must have fired for effect pretty quick!
I got a letter from my bro. Bobby today. He’s in the hospital again taking treatments for 10 days. I hope they help him soon.
I just finished playing a little ball & tired as hell. Then I gripe about not getting enough sleep.
I’m Cpl. of the guard tonite from 12 to 6 so I know I won’t get a hell of a lot of sleep tonite. It won’t be any use to go to sleep now for an hour or two.
I went to town last nite. Well – there was seven of us. We had a party all by ourselves at a pub. We had it in a room that hadn’t been used since the first of the war. It was really a nice place. Kinda old & quaint. The man that ran the place fixed us chicken dinners & two cases of the best beer I’ve had in England & whiskey. We really had a time! We didn’t get drunk just feeling pretty good. I did have a headache this morning tho.
The owner of the pub married an American woman.
Honey – he had the smartest & prettiest cocker spaniel I ever seen. He talked to that dog just like one of his sons & damn if he didn’t know what to do. He’d even dance with him.
Have you seen Cec. & Lu. lately? Tell them hello for me.
Did you get that 10 shilling note I sent in a letter a while back?
Well, honey I’ve got to get ready for guard & should write to Bobby yet too.
I will write you as soon as I can tho, honey. I miss you - & love you honey. Bye for now. Write soon.
All My Love Always,    Johnny
I love you sweetheart.