14 November 1942

All Walt’s and Ruth’s plans change with this letter, although, at this point, Walt is excited and optimistic. Like his oft-mentioned penchant for going to Alaska someday and his general restlessness, he is excited about “venturing into something unknown.”

A transcript follows the letter images.


I Love You

Nov 14, 1942.

Love Me?

Dearest Ruth,

I Love You!

Well Honey—I have a little news for you tonight—I hope it will still be good news—For it will have be. I leave at 4:30 in the morning for San Antonio, Texas. U.S. Army Air Cadets.—Aren’t you glad it isn’t farther away. We still have are plans and I am pretty sure we can carry them out. I don’t see any reason why we can’t.

I’ll tell you Honey, I sure am excited tonight—once more I’m venturing in to something unknown—That is the most exciting thing (in) I know of. I may never complete it, but I’ll have the pleasure of trying anyway—Besides if my Honey wishes me luck, crosses her fingers and hopes for me—I’ll have to make it.

I didn’t know about it until 1:00 this afternoon so you can see I’m rushed.


I am all packed. I am also going to town with the boys. They are going to see that I get a good send off.—Ha. I didn’t know I had so many friends until it comes time to leave them. They sure hate to see me go—I can tell. They stand around my bunk in a circle, even now asking me questions and wishing me good luck. Good guys all of them.

I will write you as soon as possible and let you know the details—Continue to write until you hear from me. They will forward the letters.—So—this is short and I could write more—But the boys are clamoring—So—I’ll say—

Goodnight Sweetheart—If I’m a little lonely there—you’ll be with me.

I Love You

x Walt x

You’ll be Mrs. by Christmas.

I Love You

x Walt x

“Wish me luck” and Love”

I Love You

Note inside envelope flap:

Fields says he still loves you, and hopes you get everything you ever want.—He wont hear from you anymore. Ha

I Love You

x Walt x

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