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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 in Toms Brook Virginia. The letter is dated April 23 1943 and is sent from Oceanside California, the home of Camp Pendleton where Joseph was based.


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


April 23, 1943


Susan Hines


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Pvt J.M. Hines

Mrs D.D. Hines
Toms Brook

Dear Family, This is my attempt at an Easter greeting. I couldn’t send any presents for financial reasons and they were out of cards in the PX, so I’ll try to do my best here. I can’t tell you about my training because we aren’t allowed to, but we still do a lot of drilling and hiking, our longest hike was 40 miles.
The box came yesterday and was enjoyed by all. Joe and Stine said tell you thanks a lot for the eggs.
I don’t owe any money now and if the money I asked for gets here I’ll be o.k. as it is I have $4 to last two weeks and a guy owes me $3, I’ll get that pay day.
Los Angeles is a very beautiful city and quite a large place. They have a hub?way. I have been with the same girl both times. I have been out and stayed at her home.
Send more questions. I really enjoy filling them out. Erma, I got your card yesterday and it certainly made the day more cheerful. Dad, I really liked the card you sent and I was glad to see your writing on an envelope again. I am always waiting for your cards, letters, and boxes.
I really like the billfold. It was something I really needed. Tell Ma Ma I was glad to hear from her and the dollar came in very handy. Mother, don’t take Va. Too seriously She is just a kid yet and she fell for old Casanova Joe. Ha. Send me the letter you got from her. I would like to read it. Remember Margaret Strosnider from Strasburg that I was with while I was with while I was on furlough? Well, she writes me twice a week and is still No. 1 on my heart parade.
She may come to see you and if she does give her a kiss for me. She looks like Rita Hayworth or at least she does to me. Well, I gotta sign off. All my love & kisses, Joe (Has Easter drawings at bottom of page.)

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Envelope and Letter (2 pages)


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