Yes, Walt sometimes starts putting a phrase in quotation marks and doesn’t put in the ending mark. I do look for them to see it they are hidden in the tail of another letter, but it happens quite often that they are not to be found.
A transcript follows the letter images.
Aug 13, 1942
I Love You,
Am I lucky; They had mail call at Topeka last night and I got a letter from you. Today I got two—fine business unh?
So your still my Honey unh?—Fine, I guess you know I still love you, Still love you?—Ha—No reason to put the “still” in—I’ve loved you ever since I’ve known you and never had the slightest reason to stop—never will either. Cause why?—well—Just ’cause your my sweet little sweetheart. The best girl in the world.
The very best. est.
My ring size—ha—I don’t know—probably [illegible cross out] 8 or thereabout or sompin.’
We had some trip to Topeka—It is 67 mi. by the speedometer on my truck—it took us about 4 1/2 hrs. We would go about 10 mi. and stop—Then a little farther and
stop—We would travel about 20 mi. an hr. then 30 then 10 then 2 etc.—What I mean it was tiresome:—We were supposed to be on some tactical problem of some kind. We pitched camp in a park, (1500 of us) They had a dance for those interested—Plenty to eat etc. I went to bed (on the ground) (on a comfort)—kinda hard,—kinda cool—walked guard from 3:00 to 4:00—got up at 5:00—Fooled around until 9:30—Drove back in a driving rain—(hard) (couldn’t see very good)—Got back about 2:00—and here I am,—7:00 now, I have showered—etc,—eat—etc. and as I said before here I am—and am I tired.—Say that was (is) some “confab” wasn’t (isn’t) it.
Well Honey—I believe I will sign off for tonight—I will try to “get on the beam tomorrow—and write a longer letter—So—
I Love You I Love You
x Walt x
(x xxxx xxx) (– –––– –––)
Note inside envelope:
Mom sent me a couple of bucks—it wasn’t enough to suit my purpose so I got cig. and stationary (– x –––– x –––)
I Love You
x Walt x