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"Dear Mother and All" Letter



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"Dear Mother and All" Letter


Hines, Joseph M. (1923-1969)
Toms Brook (Va)
World War (1939-1945)
Stine, Preston Ray Whitey (1925-1999)


Letter sent from Joseph M. Hines, USMC, to his mother Mary Hines and family in Toms Brook Virginia. The letter was sent from New River North Carolina where Joseph was assigned after basic training. The letter also includes a note from Preston Ray Whitey Stine (1925-1999) of Pennsylvania, who was a friend of Joseph Hines


Joseph M. Hines


Folder 1.5: Letters, John Hines USMC to Duval and Mary Hines, February –April 1943, Joseph Hines Collection, Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, Virginia, USA.


Shenandoah County Library


February 11, 1943


Susan Hines


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PVT. JM Hines

Mrs. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook

Feb. 11, 1942
New River, N.C.

Dear Mother and All, It is about 8 o’clock and I am lying on my sack resting my sore dogs. We went on a 27-mile hike yesterday and I have blisters on both feet. The athletics [sic] feet came back a little and that is why. Send me some envelopes, please. I am about out, and capital is running low, since I paid all my debts. I could also use some more socks. We are really starting to work hard now and we soon begin night work.
Well I am sorry I didn’t write. I guess I am just a bad boy. I went out on liberty Sat. and they told me about the call on Mon. Yes, you can send me some books and tell Aunt Maudie I really enjoyed the one she sent me. I read it that same night waiting to go on guard duty. The writing at the bottom was done by my buddy who sleeps next to me. His name is Stine* and he is a swell fellow. He threw a knife into my toes yesterday…accidentally of course. It just scratched it a little. The guy on the other side of me sends his love. His name is Ed. All of the other guys are out now so I haven’t been bothered much but I will have to sign off now. Love and kisses, Joe. Happy Valentine.
P.S. Please send some of those good cookies, Mrs. Hines. (signed Preston Stine, Joe’s friend.)

Original Format

Envelope and Letter (2 pages)


Joseph M. Hines , “"Dear Mother and All" Letter,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed January 19, 2022,