Thursday, July 16, 1942

JD received a bunch of letters from everybody. He was especially happy to read that Hoyt was rejected by the draft. JD mentions that he was very near a fight that his mother heard about on the radio.

Sunday, July 12, 1942

JD’s still hoping for mail soon since it’s been two weeks since the last time he got any. He hasn’t figured out how he’s going to get his photo negatives developed. Since the film belonged to a friend, he may end up sending them to the friend’s wife so she can develop them and have copies made to be sent to JD’s family. JD asks about the farm and Pap’s job.

Saturday, July 11, 1942

JD’s been pretty busy lately and hasn’t had much time for writing home. Hopefully he will receive more mail soon, and he’ll be able to write a better letter. JD says he got a letter from McCoy, and that he mentioned getting letters from home. JD still looks at his own pictures all the time. He’s also taken some photos on the island, but he’s not sure where he can get them developed.

Tuesday, July 7, 1942

JD has been really busy so he hasn't had time to finish a letter in a week or so. He's been receiving a good bit of their mail recently — some of it from way back in February. JD is now a PFC which means he's able to increase his pay allotment; he'll send money home when he has a bit saved up. JD is anxious to hear more news about Hoyt's being drafted.

Monday, June 29, 1942

JD has received letters from several people. JD says envelops will soon become scarce, so he’ll start only sending letters to his parents and wife; he tells Pascal to read those. Hoyt will be joining leaving for service in the Army May 4th. JD mentions the Life Magazine photographers again and requests that the family send him a copy when the issue comes out.

Sunday, June 28, 1942

In this letter JD is replying to mail that he's received. He's sad to hear that Hoyt has quit his job since he's likely to be drafted into the army soon; hopefully he won't have to go, though. JD tells the family to keep an eye on Life Magazine because they've been in the area taking photos for a story. (Perhaps it was this one, or this one?)

Thursday, June 25, 1942

JD's family mentioned seeing on t.v. the convoy when it arrived in Australia; he tells them again that he mailed home the Scuttle Butt ship log about the journey over. He responds to Hoyt's mentioning the family drama that is apparently going on with Uncle George. JD asks about things at home, and says that he still often looks at the pictures they sent him. He's been eating pretty well lately (there's lots of cows on the island), but he hopes Margaret is still practicing to cook because he's going to eat a lot when he gets back!

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