This short letter was written on 16 January 1951 and postmarked on the 17th.
The letter is short because my parents had a phone conversation on the same day. I wonder how often that happened. As the envelope shows, he was in Las Vegas (note the desert and mountain references in the previous letter), not having been deployed to a war zone yet.
The snapshots mentioned were not in the opened letter, so I don’t know what the subject was. Many letters from the WWII era did have other materials in them, like photos, and in such cases, I included them in the scans.
The back of the envelope is included because there is a note on it. This was typical in a lot of the WWII envelopes, as well.
A transcription follows the images.
16 Jan 51
Not going to say much tonight since there really isn’t much to say after our phone conversation today.
I’m enclosing the snapshots. I had two sets made.
Barbara Leigh certainly sounded happy today. She was talking almost all the time we were.
That must have been a hell of a big crate if it weighed 600 lb. I didn’t think we had that much crap to our names.
Tell Sib I said I think he is a pretty good boy.
Love to all of you
I love you
x xxxx xxx
Back of envelope:
find me the dictionary