19 July 1945

Walt gets a chance to visit the front lines with the infantry, which must have been interesting to a pilot used to seeing the war from the skies. He says he will soon be moving to a new place and will be pretty busy, which we can understand from our vantage point in history—it’s almost August 1945, and we know how that turns out.

A transcript follows the letter images.

Transcript:

7-19-45

Hi Honey

How’re ya all? O.K. I hope. I haven’t written for about three days as I’ve been away from camp for that time. Five of us went up to the front lines with the infantry to see what it was like—Saw a few interesting things.—Met and talked with Johnny O’Day—a Col. now who was once the most wanted man in the P.I.—(by the Japs.)—He has been here for 14 years and wasn’t captured by the Japs.—He was one of the big leaders of the Guerrillas.

You won’t be getting any letters frome me for several days—may turn into a couple of weeks—I can’t tell yet.

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but I do know I’m going to be busy for quite some time to come—I may wind up with a new A.P.O.—So don’t be worrying—I wish you would write and tell Mom that also—I think I’ll hit the sack pretty soon—I’m fairly tired, I have been riding over extremely rough mountain roads lately—Some fun.

You keep right on writing Honey I like to read all the letters I can get from you.

You be a mighty good little gal and I’ll be starting home in a couple of months or slightly longer.

Goodnight Sweetheart

I Love You

x Walt x

x xxxx xxx

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