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"Dear Mother & All" Letter

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Title

"Dear Mother & All" Letter

Subject

Hines, Joseph M. (1923-1969)
Toms Brook (Va)
World War (1939-1945)

Description

Letter written to "Dear Mother & All" from Joseph Hines. It was sent from New River North Carolina while Private Hines, USMC, was awaiting deployment overseas. The letter is addressed to "Mrs. D.D. Hines" who is Mary Hines of Toms Brook, Joseph's mother.

Creator

Joseph M. Hines

Source

Folder 1.3: Letters, John Hines USMC to Duval and Mary Hines, December 1942, Joseph M. Hines Collection, 1941-1945, Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, Virginia, USA.

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

December 13, 1942

Contributor

Susan Hines

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC)

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Text

Envelope:

PVT. J.M. Hines
First Seperate BN
Company C. New River
N.C.

Mrs. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook
Va.
Letter:

Dear Mother & All,
I have been transferred again, and am now in New River, NC. I Guess I am of more value to the USMC here than in the band at PI. I was transferred the day I received your last letter. Which was Dec .11. I guess they think I’ll be able to fight better than I can play a clarinet. My address is
First Separate BN
Company c.
New River
N.C.
Over please,
I don’t especially like it here yet but I’ll get used to it. I won’t go over any sooner than I would have had I stayed in PI and my work won’t be any more dangerous. The life of a band member when they go over as stretcher bearer or messenger is about 5 minutes under fire so I guess I’m better off. Not that I am worried. I’ll probably get a 7 day furlough the first of Jan. but not much chance of Christmas. I’m am spending the weekend here because camp life is so dead I couldn’t hardly stand it, the people here in Kingston are swell. A Lady gave my two buddies and I a room for a dollar a piece which is very good. One nite she and her daughter slept on a mattress on the floor and gave two boys her bed, that happened last summer she said. She sure is a nice lady. Tell everyone my change of address and I’ll try and write every one now. I have written Wally again. He didn’t get my last letter. Well good by till I hear from you.
Love Joe XXXOOO

Original Format

Envelope and Letter (3 pages)

Citation

Joseph M. Hines , “"Dear Mother & All" Letter,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed December 8, 2021, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/11596.