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"Dear Dad" Letter

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Title

"Dear Dad" Letter

Subject

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

Description

Letter sent from Joseph M. Hines, USMC, to his father Duval Hines of Toms Brook Virginia. It is dated June 20, 1943 and was sent from Camp Pendelton in California.

Creator

Joseph M. Hines

Source

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.

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

June 20, 1943

Contributor

Susan Hines

Rights

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

Language

English

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Text

Envelope:

PVT. JM. Hines
U.S.M.C.R.

Mr. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook
Va

Via Air Mail
Letter:

Tent Camp No 2 Camp Pendleton, Calf, Sat.
Dear Dad,
I’m out in the field about 20 miles from camp, we have been here since Mon. and will be here till Wed. We get back Thursday Morning and then get a 72 hr. leave. I didn’t think we could send letters from here so brought no equipment with me so that’s why I’m using this paper [torn out of a note book ] and a pencil about 1 ½” long.
I wanted to write soon so you would get this tomorrow but we have been going all week. We were on the go 17 hrs. yesterday. You should see me. I haven’t shaved since Sunday, and I have about a half of an inch of beard on my chin and face. I look like blue beard.
They are making a movie out here called Guadalcanal Diary and they used us to make a beach landing so now I have been in movies. Who knows, maybe you will even be able to see me when it comes out.
Yes I do like that girl in Strasburg quite a lot. I think she is super duper, but I ain’t married yet, not by a damn sight.
Well Pappy I haven’t been drunk yet but I can see a guy’s point after going though what we did this week.
They are having a smoker tonite some fights and free beer. The Captain said two bottles would probably knock use on our ass after being away a week, but it won’t bother me because that’s about all I ever drink in a week anyhow. Well here’s wishing you a happy Father’s day.
Love,
Joe
P.S. Why don’t you buy Elvin’s Store when he gets in the Army. We’ll make it Hines & Son and take stuff to the City when I come home. Ha.

Original Format

Envelope and Letter (3 pages)

Citation

Joseph M. Hines , “"Dear Dad" Letter,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed June 21, 2018, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/11604.

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