One of the very few letters I have from someone on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. A letter to Babe from his mother. It’s very brief, as all V-mail letters are.
“I am back with my outfit now, so I will be able to send you the things I said I’d send. Naturally, I couldn’t send them from the hospital because I didn’t have them.”
This letter is the first solid pronouncement that he’s out of the hospital and back in service — which means he was hospitalized nearly four months.
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.