August 25, 1943.
Well I received your letter and was very glad to hear from you so soon. Glad to hear that you are getting out of this man’s army. Wish I could, but it looks like I don’t have a chance. Today I have to go to the Orthopedic Clinic and have an examination and also some x-rays taken. I suppose they will tell me when to come and have it operated on. I would like to get it over with so I don’t have to worry about, and also get home on another furlough. When do you think you will be going home, or don’t you know that?
I am going to get a three day pass before I go to the hospital, but by the looks of my pocket book it will have to come after pay day. If you and Torborn could get one, we could all three meet in Houston. Well how is everything in general with you? I am sorry to hear that you and Jenny are no longer going with each other. Right now I am in the same boat. Bea wouldn’t talk to me so I am not going to bother with her. Wait till after the war like I am going to do. There will be plenty of women for you and I.
I am having the time of my life. Tonight I am going to town to shack up with a girl by the name of Dorothy who is from Lardo, Texas. I have been getting all I want and still going out with the nice girls and have plenty of swell times. What do you know, I have learned to drink a little. I haven’t started on beer yet, but I sure do like to have mixed drinks. Four of us killed a pint of Walkers on Sunday night. I hasn’t made me dizzy or even given me a hang-over. I guess one will drink if he never has before when he gets in the army away from home.
Don’t forget to let me know if you can get a three day pass. I suppose it will be sometime before the 4th of September. How are you doing in the way of dancing? Erskine Hawkins didn’t show up. The reason was that too many of his men were drafted and he couldn’t play. I hear that Harry James is coming in September here to the Municipal Auditorium, but I don’t know how true that it is. If he comes I will be sure to see him.
Well how is everything with you? I am about the same. Sure wish I could get to go with Bea once more, but I messed up a good two chances so now I am paying for it. My mother says she has a date almost every night. Guess this is all I have to tell you for this time, so until I hear from you I will just say so long, good luck and don’t forget to write. If you happen to see Ralph Colla, tell him I said hello and to drop me a card. I hear that he and Jenny are going to get engaged when he gets home on furlough.
Your old pal
P.S. Don’t forget to get all you can for now for you’ll never know when you will get your next piece. I didn’t have any from January till June, but since that I have certainly made up for it.
Going to hospital Monday A.M. Got a three day pass starting tonight. If you write I may come to see you. Am free from now till Monday.