November 17, 1942
††††††††††† I guess you think I will never answer your letter. Iím real sorry I havenít done so before now, although I really donít have any excuse to offer.
††††††††††† How have you been making out these past weeks. Jack wrote and told us that you were being transferred to Kentucky on the twentieth of this month, he thought, and to the Tank Division. Why in the world did you ever get into that division? I had just as soon be in the Infantry; but I guess one is just as dangerous as the other. I am real glad to hear that you are going to Officers Candidate School. I know you will make good in that, and I hope you will like this almost as well as you did navigation, although I know you wonít, please try, because if you like a thing, you make out much better than if you donít like it. Iíve really found that out.
††††††††††† I am making out fine on my new work. I am taking time out now to write to you, (hoping my boss doesnít come in before I finish.)
††††††††††† I saw V.P.I. and Richmond play football last Saturday. V.P.I beat Richmond Ė 16-17. It wasnít a real exciting game, though. The boys looked good as though they didnít care whether they won or not.
††††††††††† Mother has gotten somewhat better in the past weeks, she still feels pretty low at times, but I guess it will just take time and a lot of rest.
††††††††††† Eunice is moving to Washington next week. I think thatís worrying Mother a lot. Mosby finally found a furnished apartment. Eunice is just going to shut her house up and have all the electricity and gas and etc. cut off. Iím real glad she got a place so that she can be with Mosby, but I sure do hate to see her go. Last week-end Mosby was home, and he was telling her about the place and she started to cry. He told her that he was so happy and she was so sad. She wants to be with him, but she sure doesnít hate to leave home.
††††††††††† Beular McCalley gave her a little going away party last night. She certainly did get some nice presents, and we all had a nice time over there.
††††††††††† When you start to officers Candidate School, how long will you have to go? I am anxious to know, because I know you will have another furlough at the end of that time. (If nothing drastic happens during that time) I sure do miss you a lot even though I donít write as often as I should. Please donít you ever get as neglectful as I am.
††††††††††† Gosh was I surprised when I got home the other Halloween night! There I found the Sweetest Telegram. Thanks an awful lot for it. I really thought it was wonderful. I talked to your Mother the next day over the phone, and she told me that she received one from you too, s I told her that I also got one. She said that she didnít imagine herís would be anything like mine. I told her I didnít think so either.
††††††††††† Well, sweety, I guess this will be all for now, but again I ask you to try to forgive me for waiting so long to write to you. Donít treat me like that, and I promise you it wonít happen again-------HONEST!
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lots of Love
P.S. I know it isnít right to write a friendly letter on typewriter, but you know the old saying Ė ďWhen the boss is away, ĎHoppyí will play.Ē
P.S. #2 In case you didnít know, Hoppy is my nickname.