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"Dear Mother" Letter



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"Dear Mother" Letter


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


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.


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


July 29, 1943


Susan Hines


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

Mrs. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook

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.

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Envelope and Letter (2 pages)


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