[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 14 Feb 1945. Envelope stamped on front, “Passed by Naval Censor,” and initialed by the Censor.]
Feb. 12, 1945
I’m pretty tired tonight. It’s not from work, I was just doing something I wasn’t accostomed to. I went to see about getting and another pair of glasses. I was at the Medical Bn. this morning at 6:45. Then they just messed around for almost an hour. Then the boat ride and we were at the hospital by 10. I had some more waiting for the next hour and a half. After I saw I wouldn’t see the doctor before chow, I started looking for Mundell. I didn’t have a bit of trouble finding him. I went over to the chief’s mess and waited till he came in. I got a good meal out of it. What a change! He practically lives in heaven compared to this. We talked for an hour. He had to go to work and I had my consultation at 1 o’clock. We were so late getting back here that I almost missed chow. I’m supposed to go back Saturday and get my glasses. He told me to look him up when I came back. Don’t worry, I will. I don’t need a second invitation to eat that kind of chow.
I’m about ready to hit the sack, Sweetheart. Can’t be done just yet though, can it? I haven’t even told you that I love you and I haven’t wished you a happy birthday yet. You’re an inbetween, a misfit. I love you though. I guess you can’t help being a little slow. While everybody else has a birthday once a year, you have to be different. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love you so much, Sweetheart. You are different. I want only you Sweetheart. No one could ever take your place in my heart. I hope you have a happy birthday. I know what you are going to say. I don’t want you to have complete happiness without me, either. I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it this year, Sweetheart. I’ll just write my wish and it will have to do for a while. Can’t do anything else about it. Just think of me and don’t forget that I am deeply in love with you, Sweetheart. You are what I am living for and what I will be fighting for one of these days. All I want is you Sweetheart. You be there waiting and I’ll do everything in my power to get back to you – as soon as possible and in one piece. Have fun Sweetheart. Enjoy yourself as much as you can. You know what I wouldn’t like for you to do, and I think you know what I would like for you to do. I want you to have all the happiness in the world Sweetheart. Happy Birthday – – – – Happy Birthday to my wife, the sweetest woman in the world. You are my world, Sweetheart. I love you.
I love you with all my heart.
Pleast Dreams & a Happy Birthday.