This letter was written on 24 May 1951 and postmarked on the 25th.
You’ll notice this letter is written on small, folded notepaper, something I ran across often in the WWII letters. Thankfully, most of those had the pages numbered, or I would have had a hard time figuring out where to go next. In the second image, if you are reading the actual letter, begin on the right, then continue to the left column. I guess it’s the idea of opening a folded note, like a greeting card, where the first thing you read is on the right. Maybe this is how people were taught to write letters and notes. It was new to me.
My father still perceives that the mail is not being sent efficiently, but also seems to wonder if enough of it is being sent. This is not the first time during this war that he has said how hard it is to think of what to write, unlike during the last war. Unfortunately, it adds to a hollow feeling in the letters, an anxiousness. Maybe other readers will note this when all the letters are transcribed.
It’s interesting that he has a sense of how people back in the US might perceive the war, particularly the success of some Chinese drives, which he says were not successes at all. I wonder how he received news of popular opinions of the war back home.
A transcript follows the images.
24 May 51
I just got back from Seoul—I haven’t checked the mail yet but I hope I have some letters from you—We go to Seoul for 3 days and two nights and come to this base 1 day and 2 nights—this is the only place I get mail.
I have 61 missions as of today—They aren’t coming quite so fast as they once did, but fast enough.
I’m glad you did get some beds—that poor Sib has slept on everything imaginable, hasn’t he?
I’m finding it hard to write with out a letter to read I think I’ll walk down shortly and get one—I hope.
It has been hot the last few days—quite cool during the night but to damn hot during the day.
I estimate a month (
to a m) and 1/2 to 2 mos. for me to get in a hundred missions—It might be less but I doubt it unless something breaks such as another Chink drive—they haven’t been able to do much the last two times they tried.—It probably appeared to you all that they gained a lot when they almost got around Seoul—actually the got the hell beat out of them because of their casualties—and almost as soon as the drive was over we could go back thru the same land with out any trouble.
How is your mother doing? Better I hope. You know what I could eat right now—some anchovies.—Ha—Come to think of it—Why don’t you send some and some olives and other knicknacks [?] I think they would go pretty good.
Tell Sib Hello for me—and Barbara too.
Well—I think I’ll go get some chow and then see if there is any mail.
Did you ever hear about the guy who was playing around his gal (
in a ) while they were in a motorboat and accidentally touched the spark plug?—Bet she really got a charge out of that.
I’ll be seeing you
I Love You
x xxxx xxx