U. S. NAVAL CONSTRUCTION TRAINING CENTER
Dec. 28, 1942
My dear Mr. Ripley
This is the first opportunity I have had to do any letter writing for I just got out of one of the hospitals here at camp. I have been layed [sic] up with a bad cold in my chest and for that reason haven’t had a chance to do much letter writing.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Bryant Service Club for sending me the 2 packages of flat 50’s cigarettes which they sent me a week or two back. It really was sweet of them and I appreciate it a great deal.
Last week Larry Barbeau came up to see me. I sure was glad to see him. He is stationed about 8 miles from where I am. 4th Bat. that I was with is leaving for Rhode Island today. The reason I was left behind is so that I could go to Storekeeper’s school. After completing the course I will be assigned to a Bat.
Well I must go now. Once again thanks for the cigarettes, thanks loads. Remember me to everyone at the school.
Richard C. Walrath [Transcription ends]