October 23rd 1943, Dear Harriet: “Keep the home fires burning.  Your number one soldier.”

S/Sgt. R. Wallis

353rd Bomb Squadron

301st Bomb Group

Dear Harriet,

I must certainly agree with you about the mailing situation. I have waited six days before a letter came through from you. I know that wouldn’t seem long from your point of view – Don’t know what you must have thought after waiting three weeks. Regardless of what your opinions might have been, I want you to believe me when I say that I have never let more than four or five days go by before I wrote to you again. I think the dates on my letters should prove that fact. I know just how it is when you don’t hear from a person for a long time, you begin to think all sorts of things, most of them bad. I guess a person just can’t help it though.

Your letter of Oct 15 arrived yesterday, that is most of it, the missing page came today. By the way, I’m still looking for those snap shots. Wonder what could have happened to them?

My boss left the other day, he is on his way back to the states. I miss him something terrible. The captain was a swell pal and we had been together a long time. It was mostly through his efforts that my section received the highest rating in the group. Naturally everyone gets excited when one of our number gets called back to the states. I guess we all hope that our name will be the lucky one next time. You should have seen the guy when the orders came through. He was running around like a ten year old, and I don’t blame him in the least. I’ll probably pass out cold when they tell me I’m going home. Of course I don’t expect anything like that to happen for a long while, but who can tell?

From the amount of birthday cards I have received it looks like I’ll be writing “thank you” letters from now on. My golly, I didn’t know I had so many friends. I wish I could remember birthdays like they do. Now you know one of my failings. While I was still in the states I had Sis send me a list of everyone’s birthday, the dates I mean, but they’ve all been lost since then. I don’t know what people must think of me. Well anyway, I can’t make any mistake about Christmas.

The lights just went out and I had to sit in the dark for about ten minutes. I am all alone tonight, most of the fellows went to a show down the road. I don’t know what the name of it was but it doesn’t make much difference cause I wasn’t going in the first place.

Looking out the door just now I noticed that it is lightning in the east. Perhaps we might get a little rain tonight. In the past few days we have really been getting more than our share. I know you’re not very interested so I won’t say anymore about the weather. Up until now it has been more-or-less a dry subject, if you now what I mean.

Glad to hear that you also play the game of ping pong. There is nothing like it on those cold winter nights indoors. When I get back you must remind me to show you some of the finer points of the game. I’m no expert you understand, my brother could usually beat the pants off me. I don’t think I could even make a fair showing against him now. I have one thing to say however, I think I can still beat Sis. I would advise you two chickens to practice up a little this winter. I hope to get a little competition when I get back there.

Oh by the way, you don’t really have knock-knees do you?……Remember me to your folks…..Say, what about that picture!!!!

Keep the home fires burning.

Your number one soldier,

Roy

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