[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 7 March 1944 at 10 p.m.]
March 1 – 44
Hi ya Ralph –
Got your V-mail a few days ago so reckon it’s about high time I was answering it. We never know how much mail is coming in so I hate to get too far behind on my answers. One of these nights I must write to an Army nurse I met on Xmas day and had my picture taken with. I understand they would like copies of the pictures so that’s a good excuse for writing. They live (in peacetime) just south of S.F. so who knows what may work out from it. Thanks for the news on my post-war chances of surviving. We don’t get much late dope on those things. Glad to hear I’ll have a fighting chance anyway. Fact is, I even wouldn’t mind getting on as a crew member on one of your new Victory ships. Sea life appeals to me quite a bit. Hard to tell though, this far ahead of time. Watch out for those female welders and chippers, if any!