24 June 1942

Walt and the rest of the soldiers are indeed living in tents, but not the pup tents as he first thought. Wall tents are a little bigger, perhaps like the one below. Still cramped, but apparently large enough to sleep eight.

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As if it’s not bad enough that he’s living in a tent, Walt assumes he guessed wrong about Ruth coming to visit, because her last letter was all about burning her tongue and cosmetics rationing.

A transcript follows the letter images.

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Transcript:

June 24, 1942

Hello Honey:—

We are now living in tents—They turned out to be wall tents with 8 fellows in each tent and are they crowded—We don’t have room to turn around and have to crawl over each others beds—tsk-tsk—

I guess you must of meant something else then what I guessed, as you didn’t mention it in today’s letter—Well you recieved some travel info. anyway, would like to see you very much but of course I would rather come back there as there would be someplace to go—Altho—We could find plenty to do here—I usually can find plenty—And anyway—I don’t think we’d need much—we

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would probably spend our time looking at each other—Yes.

I’m glad Mary Jean and Elmer are off to a good start—Wish them luck—Maybe someday we can get off to as good a one or better. I hope so.

I’d like to go up on a furlough, when I get a furlough, if and when.

So— —Burned your tongue unh?—That’s too bad—I know—I burned mine about a week ago—and it sure is uncomfortable.

If they are going to ration cosmetics—you had better get a supply—I guess (illegible cross out) they area necessity in this day (illegible cross out) and age—Altho I guess as long as they continue to make “parfum” it will be O.K.—That is what I like.

We have no lights at all—so I guess there will no need for

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a bugle at “lights out.”

Another rumor—I’ve heard from a half dozen (illegible cross out) fellows today that somebody told them that they heard—etc—that in a few wks. we are moving to Fort Myers, Virginia—I’m going to quit writing rumors they are coming to thick and fast—

Well Honey—Guess I’ll say—Goodnight Honey—Sweetheart

I Love You

x Walt x

x xxxx xxx

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