[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 30 November 1943 at 10 p.m.]
Nov. 25 – 43.
Dear Ralph –
So you’re 2B for another few months. Good for you cause you can do more good over there than here. Take it from one who knows. All of us were given a shot in each arm yesterday and my right one is still sore as a boil. Typhus and tetanus shots they were. I spent my five days down in Sydney, where the beer flows freely and there are more girls than fellows. A perfect liberty town for sailors aside from being a very beautiful up to date city. Even the people there are more like Americans than any Aussies we’ve met. I picked up a very nice brunette there (you know us, one in every port). Back at work here again, helping to build up this base. We had eight days off, a nice rest after 7 months in the jungle, huh? Some of the fellows are really worn out, a few in the hospital. I’m having some late snap-shots taken of me so hope to send you one in a few weeks. It’s nice to have a camera over here. Guess what! In Sydney, you can buy cameras and films. Nice go, huh? I hear Harry is down here too but not close enough for us to get together. Do you hear from him and Red Kuder? Write again Ralph.
So long now –