9 January 1945

Walt talks about the weather in his new location, then tells about the runway accident that killed his friend Franklin. Garner (p. 4) recalls the time he and Walt mourned Franklin after the war:

Once when we were on a visit to friends in Mississippi Pitt & I drove on down to New Orleans to see the Sugar Bowl game. After the game, he & I got on a crying jag because of Frank. Frank meant a lot to us.

A transcript follows the letter images.

Transcript:

1-9-45

Good Morning Sweetheart

How is My Honey? Fine and better I hope. I’m feeling pretty good myself.

I bet it is cold back there, snow and ice everywhere—should be anyway—I’d like to see it, feel it and wade in it right now.

The climate here is the best we’ve run into yet—Very hot during the day—After the sun goes down, in the evening it cools off right away—we sit outside and “shoot the bull”—very nice.—At night it gets very cool—I sleep with a blanket

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and still get a chill—It feels good—Those that know say it looks and is exactly like Southern Calif.—If I make a million I may take you too Manilla someday—I’ll never make a million. Ha.—Well.—Good idea anyway.

Well—Yesterday my buddy got it—Not due to enemy action but to and accident on the runway—Another plane run up on him and his plane from behind.

Franklin is the one I mean—He was the best pilot I have flown with—best buddy also.

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The tough thing is—he was the only boy in the family and had four or five sisters—I guess the whole family idolized him—I guess I’ll have to write them a letter altho I don’t know exactly what to say.

We had two very successful missions yesterday—Certainly got a lot of stuff.

Well Honey it is getting close to “chow” time, so you be good—

Be careful of colds etc.

I Love You

x Walt x

x xxxx xxx

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