Walt has moved to a new APO, as he suggested might happen. My digging about APO 245 suggests he is somewhere in the Ryukyu/Okinawa Islands. Although glad to have moved, Walt is chafing under the tighter regulations and the “Honolulu Comandos” who don’t have nearly as much experience as his squadron. In addition, “[e]very place we go we have to take away the stigma attached to that damn name recon.” I had wondered about that designation of reconnaissance and yet how all his descriptions seem to be about combat.
A transcript follows the letter images.
Aug 2, ’45
How is my Honey this morning? I hope she is is feeling as bright as I feel dull and dopey.
I slept so hard last night I feel like a block of cement this morning.
As you can plainly see by the A.P.O. no.—I have moved again.—This is the fifth move I have made since joining the Sqd.—The nicest things about these moves are that they are always just a little closer to the end of the war.
I’m not sure just what I can write here.—We are writing under 7 Air Force regulations and they are so fresh from the States that they still think like “rookies” “Chicken S” regulations and
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censorship—We call them “Honolulu Comandos.”—That is where they put in most of their overseas time. Some of these outfits even put two and three (
stars) flags on their vehicles to show where they’ve been—Ha—If this Sqd. put flags on our vehicles they’ed look like a patchwork quilt—The Sqd. has been overseas 23 months now and has made 9 moves.
The weather here is much coole
dr then at our previous location, and quite strong—this is the Typhoon season of the year. There are no palm trees—Instead there are scrub pines all around—They sure smell familiar.—The weather today is just like a rainy Spring day.
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Muddy as hell—Gusty winds and quite cool.
We have been operating only a few days now—but have already called attention to our outfit.—In two days we got 22 locomotives and were complimented on a cover mission that most Fighter outfits wouldn’t have completed because of weather—Every place we go we have to take away the stigma attached to that damn name recon. and it usually only takes about a week. If I guess right we’ll make them sit up a little further in the near future.—Bragging a lot am I not?—
The ratio of danger between the Nip and the weather remains the same—the only
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trouble is—both are worse, the weather is “P” poor for flying, but rather exciting in fact too exciting.
I don’t know how much of this letter will get thru but I know the Fifth A.F. would let it go.—We are still under the Fifth.
If you aren’t to busy I wish you would inform Mom and Aunt Ruth of the A.P.O. change and don’t fret and worry if the letters are slow—we aren’t operating under the best of conditions yet—
So—hoping to here from you very soon—
Good Morning Sweetheart
I Love You
x Walt x