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.
I thought it might be a nice time to step back and take a look at some of the people we’ve met in the course of telling Babe’s story. Here’s a link back to my early post introducing the characters in the beginning.
We are five paragraphs into this letter before Babe bothers to mention receiving his medal. First, food and a pen-and-pencil set were more pressing issues.
Dear Folks, I am well, happy, and safe and I hope you all are the same. I received three packages today and a letter which fully compensates for the little relapse I didn’t enjoy for the past few days. The packages contained the candy, all kinds of cookies and olives and jam. You don’t have […]
This is actually two letters, dated July 21 and 22, 1944, both inserted into an envelope postmarked Sept. 2, 1944. This is the July 21 letter: Dear Folks, I am well, happy, and safe and I hope you all are the same. I received a few letters from you all today, and I was happy […]
Dated July 3, 1944; postmarked July 6, 1944. The letter included the small newspaper clipping that you see here illustrating the letter. This is a second letter written with a typewriter he bought in Italy. For the sake of this transcription and to make reading easier, I’ve corrected typos as I indicated I would here. […]