[V-mail addressed to Ralph N., Richmond, California. Return addressed to E.R.G., C.M. 3/C, 55th Battalion, Company D, Platoon 4, c/o FPO San Francisco, California. Envelope postmarked 10 November 1943 at 3:30 a.m.]
Nov. 4 – 43.
Dear Ralph –
Say, your last letter was swell, I actually could read it without having eyestrain for the next halve hour. Yes you noticed right, my rating finally came through and I’m now a carpenter’s mate third class. This has nothing to do with the type of work I do, it’s just that there were no Storekeeper ratings open I guess. I don’t mind what I’m called, I’m interested in the $15 per month raise. Well here we are back in Australia, got back yesterday after a swell cruise of nearly a week. Nice to be back, and boy, how they do eat down here. I’ll be fat as a pig in a few weeks. I put in for a five day leave so am planning on seeing Sydney while I’m over here. Don’t know how long we’ll be here or where to next. Came down on a C-1, nice job too. We’ve had to buy mostly all our smokes, so I don’t know where the Red Cross ones are going. Maybe to the Army. Will try to send you a picture soon. The censors don’t seem to approve of much. Well, so long for now.
Write again –