20 August 1942

And here begins a series of hard to read letters on blue stationery. Walt spells it stationary, and half the time I do too.

A transcript follows the letter images.

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Transcript:

Aug 20, 1942

I Love You

Hello Ruth,

How is my Honey today? O.K.? Fine.

Thanks for the stationary, it is a (f) life saver for me I was just about out.

I’m scratching myself from head to foot—mosquitoes and chiggers. We stayed out all night in a swamp,—the grass was higher then my head and the mosquitoes were as big as a “Flying Fortress. All I had with me was a rain coat—I laid on the grass and put it over my head. I stuck my hand out once by mistake and heard something whining—I jerked it back quick and a mosquitoes tore (ar) a furrow in the ground for ten feet before he could level off again.—I heard a couple

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of them debating on whether they would eat me there or carry me down the “gully” a couple of miles—They decided to eat me there, they said the big ones would take me away from them if they took me to their camp. They done a good job on me too.

They are having a boxing match here tonight—I think I will go and see it as it will help pass the time away.

I think I have to go on a (12(my) 12 mi. hike tomorrow—Ow wow—I’ll be glad when this training period is over—I ought to be as hard as nails when it is over. It will be a tought racket tho, Tsk, Tsk.

Boy is it hot here—Hot as (——)!

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For some reason or another I can’t think of much to say tonight—I guess there are too many fellows in our tent tonight—”batting the breeze” as usual.

Yes Honey—you came out and went back, but I didn’t want it that way. If it would have been possible for us to live out here (I) We could of got married but—I couldn’t find a way to do it.

So until that time comes I guess we will have to wait—It is a hard job waiting and maybe you [illegible cross out] think I don’t know it. But I guess we’ll stand it until we see just what takes place here—there—”over there” I hope it isn’t long. Well—Honey—Got a kiss for me.

Goodnight Sweetheart

I Love You very, very much

x Walt x

x I love you x

Note inside envelope:

I Love You

x Walt x

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