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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


Shenandoah County Library


July 31, 1945


Susan Hines


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P.F.C. J.M. Hines
Co. C. M.B.N.Y. NAVY. 128
c/o Fleet. Po. San Francisco

Mrs. D.D. Hines
Toms Brook

Dear Mother & All,
I hope it don’t take so long for this to get there. Your last one got here in four days. Yes I’m doing guard duty you guessed right. The box came finally but the cookies were buggy.
The first bite was good and then I found the bugs. Ha.
I heard from Sue and Jayne. Sue is sending a big picture soon. I think Jayne about half believed what I said. She sounded [sont] peeved but I don’t think her deceitful because she said very plainly to my face
that she is not my girl. Ha. When I write her again I’ll tell her I’m really disappointed that she won’t be my girl and not to get excited, I won’t pop the question for a few years yet.
Did you get the bond? I don’t remember if you said or not. Tell those silly young mothers they should stop acting like A—H--- and be glad they have husbands cause they say about 1 million girls will have to do without after the war. We fellows figure we are duty bound to marry one and keep about ten more happy, if not satisfied (gulp). And by the way a couple of them must have used ropes to get whatever they got (never having seen the [happ? Napp? hapless?] young fathers) because with their looks and personalities to my estimation they belong among the 1 million. Cacte (never could spell it) should be glad and proud she has a husband doing some real work instead of wearing brass and sitting at a desk full of pin ups like M Borden or sitting on his tail like numerous dogfaces I hear of.
Who would take care of the people at home if all the young husbands and 4Fs were called? You know I’m blowing off a lot of steam and I really am serious. Tell the Smith Family what I said or read it to them. And you may also tell I get a letter from them occasionally but I don’t think all my mail is getting through. So to the Smith Family a hearty thanks.
I don’t think I can get any you film but I’ll try and get Erma the patch. Well I have been rather long winded so I’ll close for now.
Love to all,

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Envelope and Letter (3 pages)


Joseph M. Hines , “"Dear Mother & All" Letter,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed May 29, 2024,


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