23 November 1942

Often, Walt ends his O.K. with a question/exclamation mark, but it seems like he closes the K with a period and then leaves the marks without their signature dot. Usually, I just combine the dot into the closing mark, even though that leaves the K without a period. It doesn’t seem right, but neither does a period plus one of those marks.

A transcript follows the letter images.

Transcript:

I Love You,

Nov. 23, 1942.

Dearest Ruth,

How are you this Mon. morning, Maybe you are just getting up for it is only about 6:00. I’ve eaten breakfast, shaved, swept and mopped around my bunk and am waiting for them to call us outside. So I’ll drop my Honey a line while I’m waiting—O.K?—O.K!

By the time I write to you again today I’ll probably know whether I am going to stay in the Cadets or get out. Hope I stay in—Ha.

Well Honey—there goes the whistle so I’d better “fall out”—So Long

See you later

I Love You

x Walt x

Cross your fingers, heart—

I Love You

x Walt x

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Hello Honey,—

Still getting around?—You are: good.

I took my physical—don’t look so good—everything is perfect except my blood pressure—it was too high. an I have to take a recheck on it Wed. morning—What the hell—I didn’t want to fly anyway—Ha.

It’s a very nice day today—Sun shining, sky clear—a little cool but nice. If I had a good job I wouldn’t mind staying here.—Ha. I mean in Civilian life. Well—Guess a guy wants a lot of things he don’t get.

(How) Forget about my “ideas” until I see what the story is here. You won’t know which ends is up will you? I’m sorry—but I can’t do anything about it right now—maybe in a few days. I hope so anyway Honey—Well—So Long for now—

‘Till Tomorrow

I Love You

I Love You

x Walt x

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