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1 December 1944
Somewheres [sic] in Germany
Just to show you how “screwed” up the mail could be, I received today an air mail letter dated Oct. 26.
Don’t worry about the Christmas cards[.] [S]end them out the way they are. After all, darling, it’s the sentiment behind the card that counts anyway. I’m sending out a batch of Christmas cards, too. The Army PX gave us a bunch of inexpensive picture Xmas cards and I am sending these to all of our friends. A lot of the people (i.e.) Altman, etc. have changed addresses and the cards should catch up with them by the coming summer at the latest.
Darling, I adore you. I love you with every fibre [sic] of my being. I only wish I could put my words into actions.
Today the weather was bleak and rainy, but this did not daunt us for Shelton and I went into town and took our shower-baths nevertheless. They were just as elegant as ever! Imagine 2 baths in 3 days—isn’t war hell?
You know, the favorite tune of this ETO, don’t you? It’s “I’m Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and make believe it came from you. With the mail set-up generally in these pars the song has much significance. Fortunately, I do not fall in this category. God bless you, darling!
Last night I took all my letters and read them all over again.
They were thrilling and made my heart skip a bit as well as getting me all “hot & bothered” even when reading them for a second time. Honey, I counted the letters—66 of them!
I’ve got a few books[,] actually pictorial manuscripts[,] written in German which I plan to send you when I send the copies of “Stars and Stripes” & “Yank” to you. One book is entitled the “Rheinland” or Rhineland country which portrays the country along the Rhine and the other book is “Germany Awake,” a book of Nazi propaganda beautifully illustrated which shows the rise of the Nazi party.
One of the men has presented the battery Comdr. With a cross-bow he found. It was a weapon used in the 1400s but I think this particular cross-bow is a copy of an original.
At the present time we are listening to a news broadcast from the United States. It burns our guts to hear them mention towns as being captured when they usually change hands about 2 times. Always keep in mind that a lot goes on before a town is captured, including the loss of many lives. People have a tendency to look at the names of towns captured in an impersonal manner. I know I did the same thing before I came over here.
Don’t conclude from the last paragraph that I’m becoming embittered or callous because I’m not. I’m still your loving husband who loves to “kid & fool around” with the best of them.
My morale is excellent and I am really happy and not nearly as “noivice in the soivece” (nervous in the service) as I imagined I’d be. Naturally, there are situations where I’d probably be a bit “ruffled,” too.
Are you getting letters from any of the wives lately?
Capt. Shaw sends you his regards and mentions frequently that he’d like to have a plat[e] of cabbage & meat balls [sic]—pigs in the blanket.” He got quite a kick visiting us in Alexandria and Lawton.
I’m happy to hear that you’re getting along OK with the Sokols and Speerts and hope the attitude continues at least until I get home—then let whatever happens. I’ve got you and you got me!
The radio is playing “I Walk Alone” so I’ll say good-night, my beloved darling.