[Letter postmarked on 20 October 1942 at 8:30 p.m. at Alton, Illinois. Addressed to Miss Crystal K., Berwyn, Illinois. Return addressed to Richard N., Portage Des Sioux, Mo. Letter enclosed in an envelope with the USO emblem stamped on the flap, and IDLE GOSSIP SINKS SHIPS printed in red on the front.]
Oct 20, 42
St Louis, MO
I am in the U.S.O. passing some time. I came in for some clothes again but didn’t get them. I wanted under-shirts, but no soap. I got a free ticket for a Rodeo and thrill show, so I thought I would write to you while waiting.
I received your letter telling me all about Mack’s baby. His wife must have had an awful time. I feel sorry for her.
We came off of patrol Sunday afternoon. I went into Alton and saw “Mrs. Miniver.” It was a wonderful picture. See it if you can, Hon. Then I went and had a few beers and on the way home I called you but you were at the show with your dad, your grandma said. Sorry I missed you, Hon.
Yesterday I cleaned the bilge of the boat. It was full of mud and stuff. Boy, was that a job. I received another shot yesterday. It made my arm look like a golf ball under my skin.
Boy, we had a lot of excitement Saturday evening above the dam. A car went through a fish market building down there by the river and went right on into the river. There were 2 people in the car, but neither was injured. Bibbs Hesly also came by (in the afternoon) in the “Bobby K.” Remember, he was the kid I went to see a couple of times when he was working in his boat back of that apartment building in No. Riverside. We had a good talk.
Well darling, I am still mad because I didn’t get that leave but I’ll get there soon, honey. I guess we have to be patient. Until I come home again, remember I love you very much, Honey. Good-by darling, see you soon – I hope.