A Christmas letter from Don on December 25, 1941

Hello all!

I’ll have a special announcement about my novel Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?? in just a minute but here’s a little Christmas treat for all you WWII and WAYSLM fans.


December 25, 1941 – Fort Leonard Wood Missouri stationary:

Company “L” 63rd Infantry

Sixth Infantry Division

Christmas Eve

Dear Baby,

Honey, mere words can’t possibly express the way I feel about the perfectly swell gift you’ve sent me. I feel a little guilty that you spent that kind of money on a watch for me – I know you’re broke as can be now. It’s the best gift I’ve ever gotten. Baby, you have a deep-rooted good taste that proves itself in everything you do except men and after all you can’t do everything right.

Thank you also for the splendid cake. The other soldiers also really appreciated it.

Baby, I hope next year will be nicer and we’ll be together. I love you so Baby, the boys must think I’m cracked the way I rave around here all the time.

C.M. gave me something real nice. Please thank her for me since I’m too lazy to ever send her a letter, or too thotless. I miss you awfully. Wish we got married at New Years. It is tough but we’ve got to be brave and strong-willed about it. I still hope to off [sic] New Years and will call or wire in plenty time – tho I don’t know what we’d do up there, Bobby and Johnny will try to arrange something.

I’m sad I have to work in the kitchen the tomorrow but it will still be a swell Christmas because I hope to see the best Baby in the world – Oh, Baby, how I love you – you’ll never know. Honey be good, write me baby doll. I love you honey, and God bless you for being the inspiration for a beautiful Christmas Eve. Special prayer for Xmas: that we ‘make it.’




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