11 August 1942

Quite often, Walt crosses out a word that seems to be spelled correctly, then writes it out again. I guess he just doesn’t like the way he has written a word sometimes. Maybe a couple of letters are squished together or seem unclear. Anyway, it probably looks more strange in print to cross out a perfectly good word.

Seems pretty clear now that it was the Fireman’s Fair in Rocky Grove, PA that Ruth went to.

A transcript follows the letter images.

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Transcript:

Aug 11, 1942

Hello Honey

I Love You,

I went to a boxing match last night—13 bouts—4 knockouts—not bad unh?

We are going to Topeka tomorrow—we get up at 5:30 and leave at 8:00. A nice trip I hope a hope. We have all our equipment ready and can take off any time.

I got my Corp stripes sewed on, also the Regimental insig-

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nia—Looks a little better now. Ha.—It don’t amount to much but will help a little.

So you went over home did you, fine—too bad it rained tho—That old fairground sure gets muddy when it rains.—I know—I used to live (there) there when I was a kid.

Comparing pictures with some girl unh?—She wants to get married too unh—not a bad idea.—So do I—I’m still wondering whether it will be possible or not.

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I’m going to cut this short as I have a lot of packing to do and it always gets dark before I get everything done that I want to do.—S’funny but it’s true—I always have something I should do and it is always to dark to see. Ha.

I’ll try and write a better letter Fri night—There is so much talking and noise in hear I can’t even think. So

Goodnight Sweetheart

I love you very, very much

x Walt x

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