A transcript follows the letter images.
I Love You,
Nov 4, 1942
My Dearest Ruth,
Well Sweetheart, I got your letters and all the dope on the party. O.K. Unh? Wish I could of been there. I’m going to save the picture, it may be useful in the future altho I don’t think. Naturally I would save it anyway. From your discription I would say you must of had a very nice setting for your party. I’ll bet it was nice. I would have liked to have seen it. I’m hoping too the last that something breaks for us. Just hoping Honey. If that will do any good. You must have had quite a congregation also. Bet you had your hands full. A
nnouncement or not, Honey—We can’t help it if Uncle Sam says different
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so I guess we don’t have anything to worry about there. [Parentheses squeezed between lines horizontally] (nothing except getting married—Ha—No joke either)
I got two letters from Aunt Ruth and Mom today. They both told me about the party and how nice it was.
They also told me about your new clothes and said they were beautiful. Aunt Ruth said you would make a beautiful bride and I know she isn’t “just woofin.” For you are not only beautiful to look at, you have a beautiful mind. A rare combination. I’m quite a lucky guy.
Did you say you had met Waunita before—I don’t remember.—Oh yes—I remember her telling me that she thought you were a very nice girl. I always liked her quite a bit for some reason or another.—[four words illegibly crossed out]
About the Xmas present Honey—I do need some money. I’m almost out of smoking. And as for the Xmas
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present—you can suit yourself about that. I can’t do much in the the way or role of St. Nick. Besides if you say a present is nice it’s bound to be nice.
I think Sib does smoke—He did anyway. A carton of cig. would probably suit him O.K.
Yes Honey—I tho’t I told you but guess maybe I didn’t I got your money order but it is gone—all but [illegible cross out] $.04—Ha.—I’ve been drinking milk shakes—buying paper, soap, tooth paste razor blades etc. Mostly milkshakes and cig. I’ll pay the guy back when I get paid.
Why is the guy putting in for another sect. allready. He must think your leaving way ahead of time.
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So you have a big idea have you? What can it be? I believe the wind is blowing out of the cold north. I sure wish it would swing about 180° and come up out of the deep South.
There is a rumor floating around that we may go to pre-flight next well—A rumor. A new class starts the week after next tho. So you can see that I’m on an edge. I never know just what is going to happen next. But nevertheless, things usually break for me sometime and when they break for me now Honey they are also breaking for you—for you are part of me—don’t you reckon? I know your heart and mine isn’t just floating in midair so mine must be in Ohio.
I Love You
x Walt x
I Love You x-xxxx-xxx
On the back of a piece of another envelope:
Something funny—I saw a discription and pictures of girls lips. The one picture that fit yours had this inscription underneath. Buds, blossoms and vulcanizes all in one op
peration—Any man who can withstand these for an hr. has character. Ha.