[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 1 Apr 1945 P.M. Envelope stamped on front, “Passed by Naval Censor,” and initialed by the Censor.]
Mar. 29, 1945
I don’t have any idea what time it is. They may call us to chow at any time. I felt like I wanted to write to you though, so here I am. I’ll probably finish the letter later, but anyhow I should get a good start.
Sweetheart, I love you so much. It seems like all I do is think of you. I relive some of the things we’ve done together and I’m happy thinking about them. I can see you so clearly Sweetheart and I can understand why it’s you that I fell in love with. It couldn’t be anyone else. No one could ever take your place Sweetheart. I love you with all my heart Sweetheartt. I am yours and you are mine Sweetheart till death do us part.
Before I knew who you were when I first saw you, I think I fell in love with you. You were so gay and full of life – always laughing. You were the life of the party – from then on you were my life. You were so small and beautiful, Sweetheart. The only great change since then is that you are now my wife. I haven’t seen you for quite awhile Sweetheart – not actually – I see you all the time in my dreams – but I know what changes have taken place. You have become more serious; you are just as full of life. And I believe you like to laugh just as much. You are still small but much more beautiful. You are all mine now, aren’t you Sweetheart? At the time you were far from it. You tried to make me believe that anyway. I wonder if you were. I have my doubts Sweetheart. That doesn’t matter though. Just so I know for the present and future. I’m all yours Sweetheart. I hope I will be able to take care of your every little desire. I want to make you the happiest person in the world, Sweetheart. It isn’t in my power to do much now, but this can’t last forever. It will all be over one of these days. Then we can look back on it. We – just you and I Sweetheart – will look back and think how lonely it was and how we missed each other. Then it will all seem like a dream, because we will be together again – happy again. I hope I will be able to keep that promise I made to you. I’ll be back to you, Sweetheart. I’ll do my best. God only knows how much I want to come back to you. The sooner I get back, the happier we will both be. I love you Sweetheart. Be careful and take good care of yourself for me Sweetheart.
I love you with all my heart.