World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence.
Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:
Consists of 27 WW2 handwritten letters and V-mail letters written by Joshua R. Abell, crewman on the USS LST-713 [a Naval tank landing ship commissioned on 7 August 1944. During World War II, LST-713 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater] to his mother Mrs. J. Earl Abell of Charlottesville, Virginia.
"I found a world atlas map book with maps of the world and of 'World War II' in it in one of the compartments so here lately I've been looking at and studying it to help broaded my knowledge. You know there is a lot that one can learn from just studying maps."
"I am sorry that your chances of appointment are so slim, but you may get in yet...the 9th Inf. has just been increased to the full European War strength of 3,650--quite a parish for one man...."
"...So I hope to be home on Thursday next to stay. And I'll be as glad as these soldiers to get home, even though this work is in many ways the most interesting I've ever done...."
"...Today was the last day of my 'mess cooking' on LST-713. Wolfe, the guy from New Jersey, had the duty while I went on liberty...I am enclosing an article that I cut out of the paper or rather magazine, a sailor wrote about his ship as a sequence to Lincoln's 'Gettysburg Address'; however, he calls it the 'Sperrysburg Address'....
Press cutting enclosed: "Dear Ed: The below was cooked up by two of the men in my ship...Amen. Ben Robertson, CEM."
"...At nine o'clock this morning we got paid. A paymaster from another ship came over and paid us. I drew twenty-nine bucks; when I get liberty I'm going to buy a couple pair of dungarees, candy, photo albums, and pictures of this place...There's a movie being shown topside now 'Take or Leave It\' but I'm noty going up to see it. This is one night that I'm going to hit my sack early...."
"I've finally regaind the warmth back into the upper part of my body. I watched the movie topside sitting on the Conn with no shirt or skivvy on, so I got chilled clear to the bone by the breezy night air...Quite a few places are secured on the ship now so it makes it very inconvenient for us to have to go around when we want to go anyplace. Ships sure require a lot of time, money and care, painting and so forth. It doesn't take the deck paint very long to wear off...."