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"Dear Mother" Letter

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Title

"Dear Mother" Letter

Subject

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

Description

Letter sent by Joseph M. Hines to his mother Mary Hines of Toms Brook Virginia. The letter was mailed from Camp Pendleton in Oceanside 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

July 29, 1943

Contributor

Susan Hines

Rights

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

Language

English

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Text

Envelope:

PVT. J.M. Hines
Co. C 1st Bn. 24 Marines
FNF. Camp Pendleton
Ocenside Calf.

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

July 29, 1943
Dear Mother,
I am a bad boy, we just returned from a three week maneuver, we slept for three weeks in the field in tents. Well, I have received all the boxes and pictures and they were sure swell-(both).
I went to L.A. last weekend and a friend of mine took some [illegible] color pictures of my buddy and I. They won’t be ready for about five weeks, though, they have to go to New York to be developed. There is a rumor going around that we are getting a 15 day furlough with 2 days traveling time around Sept. 1. Don’t count on it, just hope for it.
We are going out next week so don’t expect a letter for about a week and a half. The mail service is bad when we are in the field. Over.
I get off of mess duty tomorrow. Boy has it been hell getting up at 4 and working till around 6:30.
My buddy since Joe & Stine were transferred is Joe [Parvich or Parish]. Joe is from North Carolina and we are on mess duty together. He is a good looking guy about my size and I think he is 18 years old. We go out together all the time. Well last weekend we were ready to start home when a car pulled up and they ask us if we want a lift. We were going toward Long Beach talking to the lady in the car when we passed a convertible. They lady asked them to take us along. They said ok but we would have to come along home till about 7:30. We went along and met the family and then had a chicken supper. We picked up another girl at the house, a cousin of theirs. Two of the girls stopped at a dance in Long Beach and the other two brought us 86 miles back to Camp. We had a swell time, made a date for next weekend and got back to camp. Not bad luck. Well Love Joe.

Original Format

Envelope and Letter (2 pages)

Citation

Joseph M. Hines , “"Dear Mother" Letter,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed December 8, 2021, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/11606.