Another in a series of very short notes he dashes off to say hello to his family. He references a name, apparently, of someone he may have known back home, but it’s not a name I’m familiar with.
“I received a few letters from you all today, the first in a month. That isn’t your fault, though. My mail has to be forwarded to me and that takes time.”
Babe shipped some valuables home, according to this letter. And he mentions some people I never remember my mother mentioning. Now, unfortunately, there’s nobody left to ask about them. Also, this is the first letter in quite awhile that doesn’t mention being in the hospital. Was he finally out?
Another short V-mail while still hospitalized for his combat wound. Apparently, someone spilled the beans about his wound in his former high school. And who is “the old boy”?
Contrasting the less-than-12-hour hospital stay when my daughter had an appendectomy against a nearly two-month hospitalization Babe endured after his combat injury when he was “slightly wounded in the right fifth toe.” Times have changed, and apparently WWII helped spark some of that change.
We don’t know when this letter was written, but it was postmarked mid-January and he’s still in the hospital from his war wound. Not much else to add. It’s a very short letter.
Babe responds to a letter from his older brother Vin, who is apparently serving on a transport ship. Vin served in either the Merchant Marine or the Navy; I can’t remember. It is increasingly poignant to read these references to Babe’s time after the war. Plus, it’s nearly mid-January and he’s still in the hospital.