The Sib whose birthday Walt forgot is his younger brother. I knew him as Uncle Earl, but I also knew that many family members and friends called him Sib, a form of his middle name, Sibley, and a family name. Walt’s mother had a brother named Sibley, and Walt would later make it the middle name of his own son.
A transcript follows the letter images.
May 2, 1942
How is my Honey tonight? O.K.? Fine.
Rained continually all afternoon, all morning, all last night (backward—ha). They are having floods in Western Kansas. I hope they haven’t any around here. It won’t effect me any—but I hope they don’t.
What am I doing?—
A couple of fellows and I came over to Camp Funston [(here) I mean where I am now] and went to a show and then came over here (Service Club) you understand? I knew you would.
They (the two fellows are
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shooting a game of pool while I write my Sweetheart a letter.
I’m glad you remembered Sib’s birthday—I forgot it until today. Gosh Honey I hope I remember your birthday and some future anniversarys better then I remember these birthdays now.
I hope it is a nice day tomorrow, as Sun. is the only day we have completely off.
Also, you are right. I am going to call you up if I can find a nice quiet telephone
somp someplace. I’ve tried but every public telephone I’ve seen yet is in such a noisy place that I know I wouldn’t be able to hear you
Also—I’m afraid I won’t be able to think of anything to say—can you imagine that? I think of something—then I remember that we will only have a couple of minutes and I want to hear you too. I suppose when I do call we won’t say much. It will be worth it tho—Just to say and hear a couple or three words, won’t it?
I bet I’ll be more nervous when I step in front of that mouthpiece then I would be of stepping in front of a “mike” or a rifle.—Ha
Actually afraid—no kidding. I know that the time will be so short and I know I’ll be tongue tied—Gives me a little thrill even when I think of it.—Ha—Just like a little kid with a new toy—Ha.
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I don’t know, but if you can’t talk over a couple of hundred miles, I wonder if you will be able to talk over several hundred.
I suppose this (
wl) will be taking advantage of your mother but I am going to call person to person even if it does cost more. I’ll explain:—If I call party to party and don’t make connections with you it will be so much money wasted. If I call person to person and don’t it won’t cost anything and I’ll be able to call again. I can’t write and tell you when I can call because I never know. In two or three days time I might be on guard—alert guard—Someplace else at school or the Lord only knows. So when I call I will make a guess and hope I guess right.
As I feel an urge and I have a couple of miles to go before bed check (11:00—time now is 9:45) I had better sign off.
I love you
x Walt x
P.S. If you get this and I haven’t allready called, don’t worry—I will have a good reason for it.
And also! Don’t stay in waiting for
I’m (I think) a pretty good (“ guesser” guesser) I’m pretty good at guessing what you are doing at certain times—and if not I’ll catch up with you sooner or later.
x Walt x
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