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Friday, September 21, 2012

Johnny Gets Three Letters From His Sweetheart

Sept 18, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart!
                 I got 3 letters from you today from June 27 – July 8 - & Aug. 16th. Some are pretty old but that doesn’t make much difference – as long as they are from you!

         How are you – honey & whats doing around K.C.?  I’m okay & feeling fine. I can get out of bed now & hobble around a little. It feels good to get up & around a little – after being in bed for 2 months.

         I got a letter from Mom today & one from Mary. She’s going to have another in Jan.

         How is Lu. coming along now. Tell her & Cec. I said hello. I’ll have to drop them another line soon.

         Honey – there isn’t much to write about. I don’t do anything around here except read & eat & sleep. What’s wrong with that! Only one thing – I’m not in K.C. with the girl I love most!  That’s whats wrong with it.

         There I go – asking questions & answering them. Its about time I quit or I’m apt to ask something I can’t answer.

         Honey – I love you & miss you more every day. This old heart will probably fail me – when I see you again.

         Well, honey I’d better close for now & write home. If I don’t get paid soon – I’ll be forced to use v-mail. 4 months since I’ve been paid. Bye for now Sweetheart!  Write soon.

All My Love                 Johnny

Friday, September 7, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Is Finally Getting Mail After Returning From Being A POW


Sept 15, 1944
Friday Eve.

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart!
I guess I hit the jackpot today. I got 2 letters & two parcels from you today. One letter from June 22, & Aug. 10. They had sure been around. The envelopes of the stationery were all stuck together & I couldn’t use them. The box got wet somehow. I think I can use the paper tho. The gum & candy was okay tho – honey & the cigarettes .

I got an old letter from Mom today too. I’m getting mostly back mail now – but its mail!

It sure gets dull laying around here day after day tho! I shouldn’t complain tho – it beats France a hell of a lot!

Gosh, honey I don’t know what to write about. I don’t do anything but lay around all day. Thinking mostly of you - & wondering when I’ll get to see you again! I hope its not too long.

How is Lu getting along? They have a boy or girl? Or twins?

Well honey its about time for lights out – just had my hot chocolate!

They go to sleep pretty early around here.

Write soon honey – I sure look forward to your letters. I’ll try & do better myself – if I can get this stagnant brain on the beam. Bye for now.

All my Love always,   Johnny

Monday, September 3, 2012

Our WWII Soldier is Glad To Be Back Where He Can Get Real Treatment

Sept 11, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart!  !
I got your letter of the 14th today – the first in about two months!
Today I got 7 letters dated from July 3 to Aug. 18th. I was still a prisoner in Paris when they were all written. Evidently you & the Army didn’t know I was a prisoner. I’ve just been here about 2 weeks. It sure feels good to get back where a guy can get some real treatment. The Jerries didn’t [have] any medical equipment at all to speak of. When they left Paris they just took the patients that could walk. That was one time I was lucky I couldn’t walk or I’d probably be with them yet. I lost a hell of a lot of weight there – they didn’t have much food - & what they did have was hardly edible!
I’m feeling fine now & eating like a horse! Breakfast, dinner & supper in bed – not bad huh? Does get kinda tiresome laying here day after day tho – but I should gripe?
Did you receive any letters yet – that I wrote while I was a prisoner in Paris? Let me know honey! I guess I told you the Jerries took the pen you gave me while I was out (2 days) also my watch & money & tank boots. My clothes weren’t any good after they cut them off me. I had that large colored picture of you in the tank & it burnt with the tank too! That made me mad! Those damn Jerries!!  I’d better cool off before I get too mad to write!
I got a letter from the folks today – but it was written before I was wounded – I also got one from Cec & Lu!
I hope your dream comes true – honey!!
I still feel the same way about you honey – I love you more than I can hope to & miss you like hell. How about writing me long letters now -  huh? I’d better write home now & to Cec & Lu! Bye for now – honey. Write soon. I love you, I love you!
All My Love        Johnny

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Is Awarded the Purple Heart While Recovering in England


Sunday Sept.2 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart!  How you was? I’m sorry I haven’t written oftener – but I’ve been sleeping my fool head off! Have you seen Cec. & Lu lately.  Tell them hello for me.  I think I’ll write them this afternoon too.
         I’m coming along okay honey – I have a lot of time to think about you laying here day after day!  Brother I wish I was back there! I sure miss you honey!  Was awarded the Purple Heart a couple of days ago. Well sweetheart I guess I’d better close. Will write soon. Bye for now Darling I love you!
Write soon.                                          All My Love        Johnny

The V-Mail Johnny sent to Mark from the hospital in England
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