26-27 November 1942

Walt passes his blood pressure test and is accepted into pre-flight training, and he finally gets a letter from Ruth that she is planning to come to San Antonio. There aren’t any details, but he is skeptical about being able to get a furlough—the same problem he had in Kansas.

I’m tucking away the information about Walt’s cousin—Ethel Faye Girt—suggesting that Ruth come to her in Port Artur, Texas. A lot of questions go unanswered about the Texas arrangements (you’ll see) and this connection might be an answer to some of them. I didn’t know Ethel Faye, but I certainly heard the name a lot at my grandmother’s house. I knew her older sister, Wauneta, who was around quite a lot.

Ethel Faye’s father was either my grandfather’s nephew or first cousin (my grandfather’s parentage is still a mystery) and her mother was my grandmother’s sister, Ethel Mong. In fact, it was Ethel Faye’s father that introduced my grandparents. Interesting.

A transcript follows the letter images.

Transcript:

I repeat a lot in here—but my mind is runing in circles. Love x Walt x

I Love You

Nov 26, 1942.

Dearest Ruth,

I got a letter straight from you today. It is the one I’ve been looking for.

So you are coming to San Antonio, unh? Fine, better then fine, but there are a few complications. ——

I passed the exam today—Perfectly O.K. We are supposed to enter pre-flight on the 14th. of Dec. I am almost positive that I won’t be able to get out then. It is one of the toughest courses in the Army. They try to make it so tough that a guy will “break down”—I mean nervously. That is the idea. They want to get the best, strongest, most level headed fellows. They don’t let you do anything. All day, every day—You are under rigid discipline. That

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is why I’m afraid I won’t be able to get out. In fact I’m positive I won’t be able to.

I am going to see the Sqdrn. C.O. and see if I can get a furlough now. If so I am going to telegram you to come. It will be our only chance. I won’t have any money—So I don’t know

I Love You x Walt x

Nov. 27, 1942

Hello Sweetheart—

As you can see—I left you’re letter in a hurry—Not even time to say I love you, until I just wrote it in now.

I saw the C.O.—as you’ll see by my cards, probably before you see this. He said he didn’t think that I would get it. I saw him this morn. It is 7:00 in the evening and I haven’t heard from it yet. So I don’t know—It looks slim.

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I got a letter from Ethel Faye Girt—you know—my cousin in Port Arthur. She wants your address so she can invite you down—She thinks I can get out of here but she don’t know the particulars. I am going to give it to her. So you will know what to expect. It is about 200 mi. from here. She (suggsdtes) (I’m writing to fast) She suggested an idea I’ve had myself.—She wants you to come there and for me also to come there. Perfect idea—but I do can’t (I am almost sure I can’t get away). She said (I remember you saying it also) that you met her father and mother and (you) they thought you (are) were a very nice girl.

(I) I am Cpl. of the Guard again.

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you aren’t actually a Cpl. but that is what they call you. That is why I am in a hurry—I have to go back to the Guard House soon.

I put in for the furlough on t for the 31. I tho’t they’ed tell me before hand if I got it—then I could telegram you too come. If they don’t tell me till then and I do get it We still won’t have much time. But—if I don’t get it—We are no closer to solving the problem.

If it don’t work—I’m sure I don’t know what will and I’m sure am sorry. Maybe something. I don’t know what. For once I’m trusting in the Lord. That is quite a step for me unh? If we don’t make connections this time I don’t know how I will ever make it up to you—People say funny things when things are planned like that and don’t work out—but Lord knows I’m doing the best I can

I Love You x Walt x I Love You

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