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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Sends A Christmas Card to his Sweetheart

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dec. 17, 1944: Our WWII Soldier Sends A Birthday Telegram To His Sweetheart


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Oct. 20, 1944: Our WWII Soldier Is Still Recovering In Bed

Oct. 20, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I got your letter of Oct. 3 today & was very glad to hear from you. Feeling pretty good today – but still in bed. I guess it’s a good place to be – it rains 6 out of 7 days here.
         It takes about 3 or 4 days for a cablegram to get here honey – I’m not sure.
         We had a show in the ward here last night.  “Larceny & Music”. It was pretty good – at least I hadn’t seen it before & after all I laid right in bed & seen it.
         After they sew my leg up again, I should be out of bed a couple of days thereafter.
         Well, honey here comes chow so I’d better sign off for the present.
         Well, honey – I have to close – I just can’t think of a damn thing to write about.
         The Red Cross is supposed to be here tonite & have a songfest. Here she is now.
         I’m missing you more every day honey, & thinking of you always. Bye for now – Write Soon.
         I love you!
         All My Love -      Johnny

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oct. 19, 1944: Our WWII Soldier Is Recovering and Got Partial Pay

Oct. 19, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
Was very glad to hear from you today. I got two letters – Sept.28 & Oct. 2.
         I’m feeling a lot better today – but still have this cold & am still in bed. Which I don’t like. I finally got a partial pay – 4 pounds, $16. That’s about all I need here anyway now. I still haven’t caught up on all my back mail yet. I should write 3 or 4 yet tonite if I feel like it. There isn’t anything else to do but write or read. They haven’t said anything about coming home – I really don’t think I will myself. But nothing better could happen than to be home for Christmas & you.
         I get to miss & love you more every day – honey – I hope it isn’t too long.
         How’s everything with you honey? Okay I hope. Getting cold there yet. Hardly a day goes by here that it doesn’t rain.
         Well, honey I’ll close for now – hope I hear from you tomorrow. Bye for now – honey. Write soon.
I love you – I miss you.
All My Love Always             Johnny

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oct. 17, 1944: Our WWII Soldier Has Been Too Sick To Write

Oct. 17, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I haven’t written for several days – mainly because I was too sick. I sure felt rough. I’m feeling better today – but could feel a lot better yet. I’m taking penicillin shots every 4 hours. My [arm?] gut so sore. I started taking it in my cheeks!
         I got a letter from you a couple of days ago – that was a couple months old.
         It’s been raining for 5 days straight now – doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop. I got a letter from Cec. that he wrote in July yesterday. I guess by the time this war is over – I’ll get all my back mail.
         There isn’t much to write about honey – so I guess I’ll close & sleep till chow time. I love you & miss you more every day. How is Lu & the baby coming along? Tell Dee Dee Uncle Johnny said Hello!
Bye for now honey. Write Soon.
         All My Love                         Johnny

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Is Getting A Skin Graft In the Morning

Oct. 12, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I got 3 letters from you today – 16-17-18th. Mighty glad to get them. All the mail I’ve received here so far except one was from you. Just as long as I hear from you – that’s all I care.
         I’m feeling okay – but I just got rid of a cold & already getting another one. Damn nuisance is what they are!
         Well, I get operated on in the morning. They’re going to graft & sew my leg up. I’ll heal faster then. If I don’t write tomorrow – I’ll either be too sick or asleep all day. Probably be dreaming of you honey. I’ll close for tonite now honey. This is a short one – huh? I’m sure lonely for you honey! Write Soon. I love you!
All My Love Always             Johnny

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Gets Word from the Doc

Oct. 11, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I got a letter from you today – Aug. 17. A little late. The clipping about me was in it.
         There was a Joe from the medics in our ward just now - & was playing the violin. He was really good.
         The Doc. said my chest would be allright & he wasn’t going to take the shrapnel out of my lung – but they are going to graft a little skin on my leg wound. I’ll be here a couple of [weeks? – sic] yet then – I guess & then go to reconditioning for a couple of weeks & then probably back to the front – if this damn war isn’t over yet! Doesn’t seem to be any hope of me getting home for Christmas does it?? We can still hope anyway honey!
         It’s rained all day here & cold as hell. Sure hate this miserable weather. Kind of weather to be home with your girl-friend!
         My mail sure is coming slow here. I hope it picks up.
         I got a v-mail from Frank today of Aug. 18. – but it had been sent to C.P. Directory
         Well honey I’d better close now & get this in the mail before lights go out. Time now I hope I can make it. Seen Cec & Lu lately? Honey – I love & miss you more every day. I hope you don’t get tired of waiting for me so long.
         Tell everyone hello honey. Goodnite Darling – I love you!!

All My Love Always             Johnny

Monday, December 3, 2012

Our WWII Soldier Doesn't Know Whether They'll Operate on His Chest or Not

Oct. 10, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
How’s my honey. I got your letter of Sept. 6 today – kinda late – but it was a letter from you. First letter I’ve received since I’ve been here. I should be getting more in a couple of days.
         They haven’t said much about my chest yet. The colonel was around this afternoon & looked at my x-rays. I don’t know whether he’s going to operate or not. I’m feeling pretty good – but I’m lonesome as hell for you honey!
I was just wondering if I should stay sober the first couple of days when I get back. I know what you think about that – but –I was just debating with myself. Most likely I won’t.
         How’s Lu & Cec. & the baby? Have you seen them lately – or are you still working 7 days?
         Well, honey, I’ll close for now & get ready to go for chow. I’ll try & write a longer letter next time. Bye for now – Sweetheart! I love you!
All My Love Always,            Johnny