[Written to Alice in Frankfort, Indiana. Return addressed: Richard, Co. G, 2nd Bn., 1st Mar., c/o F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif. Postmarked at U.S. Navy, on 12 Dec 1944, A.M. Envelope stamped on front, "Passed by Naval Censor," and initialed by the Censor.]
Dec. 9, 1944
I’m sorry, I tried. I started to write you about an hour ago but I was interupted. Now, I’m in a very bad mood so I’d better wait until tomorrow.
I love you with all my heart
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Here I am back again, Sweetheart. It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m laying on my sack writting to you. The writting may not be so good but it should be better than what I wrote above. I wrote that in the dark. It’s pretty warm today. Thank goodness there is a breeze ever now or then. I spent most of the morning washing clothes. (My week’s laundry) I’ve still 3 things to wash besides myself. I hope I get them done this afternoon.
I received your letter yesterday that you wrote on the 26th of November. You weren’t any too happy when you wrote it. I hope you are feeling better now. I think that when the mail gets straightened out, a lot of things will be cleared up for you. I don’t know exactly how the folks found out where I was, but they are right. I hinted in my letters as best I could to both of you. As far as the cigarettes are concerned, I wrote and told you the same thing I told them as soon as I found out you were sending them.
As for the letters, I wrote you about 4 days before I wrote them. So, if the letters tral traveled at the same rate, you should have gotten my address before they did. It was rather strange, I got 1 letter from them. Then, it was about 1½ to 2 weeks before I got another from them or the first one from you. I don’t know what happened. I do know that some of my mail is lost somewhere. They took some snap-shots around the house and were sending one in each letter they wrote. As far as I know, they sent 11 pictures. They numbered each one and that’s how I know that there was at least 11 of them. I got the first 4 and the 11th one. As to what happened to the ones in between, I do not know. That’s prop probably what has happened to some of the letters I sent to you. I’ve been writting them and mailing them. What happends to them after that, I don’t know. They have passed the censor anyway. The majority of the mail I get, comes through in 2 weeks time. However, ever now and then I get an old one. For a while after I got here, I couldn’t get any air-mail stamps and I wrote quite a few letters and sent them by “free” mail. Since I get could get the stamps, every letter I have mailed has been airmail. As to whose mail gets to me faster, it’s hard to say. It’s never the same. Yesterday, I got 1 letter from them & 2 from you. Theirs was dated Nov. 24 and yours were dated Nov. 24 and 26.
There’s just one more thing (I think) that I have to straighten out. It is about writting Jude and not Harry. You’re all mixed up. I got a letter from Harry and I answered it. I have not heard from Jude and I have not written him. Now, doesn’t that make you feel better, Sweetheart? That’s the way things are. One more thing I just happened to think of. I wrote 1 letter to each of you aboard ship. We couldn’t mail then until we got here on the island and I think I finally threw them away. I’m not sure.
Now, I’m in a mess. There aren’t any more questions to answer and I can’t think of anything to write. I don’t want to close my letter at this point, but it looks like I’ll have to. There is one thing I hope you will always understand and never have to question. That is my love for you. I love you Sweetheart.
I love you with all my heart.