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"Dear Mother & All" Letter



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"Dear Mother & All" Letter


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


Letter sent from Joseph M. Hines, USMC, to his mother Mary Hines and family in Toms Brook Virginia. The letter was sent care of the fleet post office in San Francisco California.


Joseph M. Hines


Folder 1.9: Letters from Joseph Martin Hines USMC to Duval and Mary Hines, May-October 1945, Truban Archives, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, Virginia


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Postmarked June 11, 1945


Susan Hines


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P.F.C. J.M. Hines
H&S Co. 24th 4 Mar Div.
c/o Fleet Po. San Francisco

Dear Mother & All,
I guess you think it’s time I write you again, hu[h]? Well I think so too. How is things now, is everyone ok? Your son is in pretty good shape at present and am counting on feeling better yet soon. My bosses give you their regards and they say they wish that box would hurry and get here.
Buddy sent me a picture of his girl in Hollywood and I have seen her in movies once or twice. It’s certainly possible that Buddy met and took out a movie star. I have known several guys that spent weekend in Hollywood with the stars and their families. One of the guys in C. Co used to go to Alexia Smith’s home quite a lot. Do you remember the picture of me with the hula girl on my lap I had [taken] in L.A.? She was Johnnie Wisemuller’s girl (the guy that plays Tarzan) but I didn’t think that important.
I have met some of the Stars of the male sex but never dated any of the opposite sex. I would rather be pursued than to pursue. Ha. I have met Bob Crosby (Bing’s brother), Betty Hutton, and Moss Hart the playwright who wrote The Man who Came to Dinner but I just haven’t been bragging about it.
Say we are putting on a show at our theater tonight called Frisco Follies. I’m doing a black face act in this one, let you know how it comes off.
This is the first of a series of shows we are going to put on if this one is a success. Well that’s all for now will write again.
Love Joe

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Envelope and Letter (2 Pages)


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