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Friday, July 26, 2013

Nov. 19, 1944: Johnny Goes To Surgery Again In The Morning

Nov. 19, 1944
5:00 P.M.

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart!
I got your letter of the 2 & the v-mail of the 7th today.
No honey I didn’t get to vote this year – I didn’t feel like bothering with it in the first place – Roosevelt won anyway – I was going to vote for him.
         It’s practically impossible to get any pictures taken here now honey – but if I ever get a chance I’ll have some taken & send them to you.
         Honey, you’re still sending your mail to 4116 if you would use 4117 I’d get it a couple of days earlier.
         I’m feeling pretty good honey & coming along okay.
         I go to surgery again in the morning – so if you don’t get any letters for 3 or 4 days after this one – you’ll know why. I don’t think I’m going to feel much like writing for about a week.
Well honey I think I’ll write the folks & go to sleep if I can. Is that bowling alley finished yet?
Bye for now Sweetheart. I love you & miss you more every day. Write Soon. All My Love Always   Johnny

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Nov. 17, 1944: Next Week They'll Cut the Scar Out of His Leg

Nov. 17, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I got a letter & a v-mail from you today of the 2nd. They both got here the same day – but the v-mail would have got here first if you had of used the right address.
I could read the v-mail very plain honey. The ink didn’t make ay difference. Honey, you can [catch? sic} a bus at the Terminal at 9th, maybe that will take you out home.
I’m feeling okay honey & my leg is nearly healed up. I guess about next week, they’ll cut the scar out & close it. Then I’ll be thru – I hope!
It’s been raining constantly all day & it’s getting pretty cold.
I slept most of day, didn’t even get up for breakfast. It’ll sure be a shock to get up for reveille in the mornings again after I leave here.
How about some more pictures honey? I love you & miss you more every day honey. Got to shave now before lights out! Bye for now, Sweetheart! Write soon.
All My Love
Always      Johnny

Nov. 12, 1944: It's Been About A Year Today Since He Was Last At Home

With what joy and trembling fingers she must have opened each envelope – some are opened neatly and carefully.  Others appear to be ripped open with eagerness.  What news will each letter bring?   Is he healing?  Is he getting worse?  Any chance that he will come home?  And soon?

Oh, to be so far away, knowing he’s injured and lonely so far from home.  How heart-wrenching that must be!

Nov. 12, 1944

My Darling Mark
         Hello Sweetheart! !
I got 2 letters from you today honey – 26 – 27. Was really glad to hear from you. It takes 3 to 4 weeks now it seems to get any mail from the states.
I’m feeling okay honey & up & around all day – when I’m not sleeping – I’m getting lazier every day. My leg is coming along alright – a little slow. I don’t have much trouble with my chest – except for being short-winded as hell. I don’t think it’ll slow me down on loving you tho honey.
It’s been a year about today – that I was last home – too damn long to suit me!
Maybe it won’t be much longer – I’ve gained most of my weight back – but have 15 lbs to go yet. I don’t think I’ll gain much as long as my leg keeps draining. It should be okay in a week.
Well honey I guess I’ll answer Sis’ letter, & call it a night. I miss you more every day honey. Bye for now. Write soon. I love you Sweetheart.
All My Love Always     Johnny