Dearest Mother & Daddy,
Today has been a very busy one for me. It was my day off & I had planned to go out to the hospital this morning & see Vivian & then spend the afternoon writing letters, but I did something entirely different, & sure had a grand time. I went with two of the other girls out to a Hospital Ship out here in the harbor near where we are located, & we sure had a grand time. Most of the nurses came from Camp Stoneman originally, & a few of them were in ship platoons at the same time I was. Three of them went back on the same ship with me when I went back before. It was sure good seeing them, & we had a grand dinner on the ship- chocolate meringue pie & everything. No dehydrated foods.
After dinner we went around over the ship. Then about 1:00 P.M. we went on a small boat over to an island near-by to an Officer’s Club & had a couple of beers. About 5:00 we caught a boat back to our own island. So here I am back, but a little tired. Wish I could tell you all of the little details though, but of course I can’t. That can be told when I get home. I’ll have a lot to tell too.
But I did hear some sad news to-day. I heard that our commanding officer that I had when I was in ship platoon had been killed in action over here. He was killed when the Japs attacked the hospital ship he was on. He was Lt. Foss (later promoted to Capt.) & I’m sure I must have mentioned him to you. I can hardly believe it. He was such a swell person, & only about 28 or 30 yrs. old, with his whole life ahead of him. He’d only been married a couple of years. So when I think of his poor wife, I realize how very lucky I am that my darling husband is alive & safe, & maybe will be back to the States soon.
When I got back I had a handful of mail waiting for me. I had letters from Aunt Esther, this friend of mine at Stoneman, & 2 from you all.
Yesterday I had a letter from Jewell Warren, along with one from you all, & the Easter greeting from you. Some service, eh? It takes from 6 weeks to 2 months for letters to come straight mail- sometimes longer. I was sure surprised to hear from Jewell. Would you call her & tell her that I got the letter, & will try to write her. She had seen in the paper about my promotion & Louis being liberated.
Well, today is June 1st & I’ve been in the Army 31 months. I never thought I’d be in this long- but here I am. I’ve come a long ways too.
I can just know how you felt when you got the news about Louis. I felt like writing & spreading the news to everyone. I’m so happy.
These stamps you’ve been sending in the letters have sure been a wonderful help- just keep them coming every now & then, because I’m doing a lot of writing these days.
I mailed a couple of boxes of souvenirs to you all the other day. Don’t know how soon you will get them.
The latest letter I had from you all was the one written May 22nd. I got it to-day.
I’ll still be looking for all of my packages, & I’m sure I’ll like the bathing suit.
Every day I keep hoping that I’ll get a letter from Louis. Maybe I will soon.
Well, I guess this is all for this time. I’ve rattled on enough. Then too I’m going to a movie in our club at 8:00, so I have to get dressed. Don’t know what’s showing, but its something to pass the time. So good-night now.
Lots of love,
P.S. as you can see I’m using my new stationary. You know how you had it rolled up in the box, well, by the time I put books on it & straightened it out, the envelopes were stuck together. That’s the way they all do over here. But I can use them O.K.