[Written to Alice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Return addressed: Richard, Ward 11, U.S.N.H., St. Albans, L.I., N.Y. Postmarked at Jamaica, N.Y., on 6 Feb 1946 at 6:30 P.M.]
Feb. 6, 1946
This really seems strange for me to be writing a letter. It’s even stranger that the letter is to you. But I guess I’ll be able to get used to it again. Guess whose stationery I’m using. I’m going to get some when I go down to mail this. I just couldn’t see any sense in walking all the way down there twice so I just borrowed this and here we go.
I got here O.K., naturally, a half hour ahead of time. I’m really sold on the New York Central R.R. For the first half of the trip I was watching the time-table with one eye and my watch with the other. You could set your watch by that train. – – – all except it’s arriving time. It was usually early getting into a station and left right on the dot. Alf After I got in N.Y. City though it wasn’t quite as convenient as the Jeffersonian. I took a subway from the station called “The Shuttle” and shuttled over to Times Square then I had to go up on the street and walk one block to catch the “E” train at the 42nd street station. Then it was just a matter of time and the bus. It seems to me there should be a better way to come so I wouldn’t have to give that second nickle to the subway and I wouldn’t have to walk that block outside. Maybe I’ll find out before I have to go to the Grand Central Station again. I had a swell ride considering. The train was exceptionally clean and it was the smoothest ride I’ve ever had. I did too much thinking though. I missed you so much Sweetheart. From my seat I could see 2 “doggies” and a “swabbie” with their wives, and there I was all by myself. I don’t suppose I’m any more lonely than you are though. I love you so much Sweetheart. We can manage though, can’t we Sweetheart? It isn’t that we exactly have to I’m sure it is best for both our futures. I saw Dr. Anderson about a half-hour after I got here believe it or not. I told him about Dr. Cox opening it. He looked at me and punched around a little bit. He said it was a good thing that I had it taken care of and that it looked very good. However, he said that we had better wait about a week and get rid of the scab and let it soften up a little bit. He also talked as if they would operate next Thursday if everything went as it should with the wound. I think he will do the operation himself. I’ll write again soon Sweetheart but I have to go now or the PX will be closed before I get there. I hope they are still open.
I love you with all my heart