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"Dear Family" Letter



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"Dear Family" Letter


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


Letter sent from Joseph M. Hines, USMC, to his family on May 29, 1943. It is addressed to "Mrs. D.D. Hines" who is his mother, Mary Hines of Toms Brook Virginia. It was sent from Oceanside California, home to Camp Pendleton.


Joseph M. Hines


Folder 1.4: Letters from Joseph Martin Hines USMC to Duval and Mary Hines, January-July 1943. Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, Virginia, USA.


Shenandoah County Library


May 29, 1943


Susan Hines


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PVT J.M. Hines
Camp Pendleton
Oceanside Calf.

Mrs. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook

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Dear Family,
Here goes another try at writing another letter. We just had our Sat. inspection which by the grace of god and plenty of elbow grease on my rifle I passed. Write Wally and tell him to send his address I lost his. I got the box and the cakes were swell, I got three of them and the fellows got the rest but quick.
The next box you can send some wash clothes and soap, at present I need nothing else. The clarinet arrived in fine shape and I am already driving the guys crazy. They are having a dance tonite in our mess hall and I am to have a part in the entertainment, imitation and a gag with the clarinet, wish me luck.
I have been going with a Spanish girl by the name of Estella Sato [Soto?] she is really very nice and cute. I met her in Oceanside and I haven’t been to L.A. for 3 weeks. I had to stop to sign the pay roll. I get $25 Thursday.
Ha. Just stopped again to eat noon chow. Meat loaf was pretty good. Most of the fellows have gone on liberty. But I’m broke so I’ll go to the dance tonite.
Yes I got the money in time at Easter and if I hadn’t bought that car I would have plenty now. Well I can stay in till next weekend.
Tell Mac. to write I’ll be glad to hear from her. We have a library here now so I can get plenty of reading material. Stine just came in. He’s on Mess duty and is he pissed off & mad, ha.
Say did I tell you I had a black eye? Well a fellow and I had an argument and finally I saw his point, Ha.
Guess I’ll sign off for now so long till later.
All My Love,
P.S. Tell dad to write.


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