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Letter between my maternal Grandparents during WWII

September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

San Diego
Sept. 29 Monday Night

Dear Pauline,

I came back from Los Angles this noon. I went up there Saturday to Woody’s & Pauline. We went over to Lynn & Myrtle new home Saturday night & did not get to bed until 5am you know we must have had a good time ha.

I received your letter & snap shot of your sister’s family’s Friday, thanks very much. They are very nice. I am having a photograph made I will send you one next week. I mailed you the watch Friday, insured. My precious I am longing when the day we ca be together, I like you more each day & think about you every day. Honey I have never been drunk in my life and I don’t ever intend to be. For I never drank in whiskey until 2 years ago and I feel 100% better now. And I drink a little when I go up to Woody’s & Pauline and I like you because you drink same too, and I like you because you smoke a cigarette. And I like you because you kiss me the first time you was me. If you had opposed to all this you would have been just another “gal” in my life. You are a good sport and you will make the best pal in the world and the only “gal” in my life when you become my life partner. I will gain the most precious thing in life that is a broad mind pal.

It will be just like going to heaven when we come in to home port and I can see you. We will never let our honeymoon end honey.

I hope you won’t have to go to work until I go out when you come out here.

Your Romeo,
Abb

October 1, 1941 Majdanek concentration camp (German: Konzentrationslager Lublin) and later to become extermination camp is opened. Vilna Ghetto Yom Kippur Aktions (German annihilation operations) begin. In four separate incidents 3,900 Jews are kidnapped, shot and killed at the Ponary massacre death site, continued with an additional 2,000 Jews kidnapped and killed there, in the next two days.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1941)
This letter explains a lot! From the photos of unknown women in the box of photos to my mother and I’s behavior.

Pauline’s Letters:

  • April 1917 April 1917

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, I was ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae

    Dear Mae, Read your letter this morning, sure was glad to hear from you. I am having a good time but not as ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • November 1940 November 1940

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, as we ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Gee jack I wish I had more time off while you are out here, so I could be with you more.

  • August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Sam’s Birthday is September 15 that will be the code for the date we will arrive in San Diego or any name ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I haven’t heard from you since my last 2 letters. You probable haven’t recovered from the shock. As soon as you get your ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife

    I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb

    Received your letter yesterday, Honey. I sure was glad to hear from your, I missed your letters so much. Just counting the days ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I have 1 sister May Russell at Lyle, Brother Henry “The Navy”, Russell, Woody & Day at Turlock Ca. Mother is at Day’s ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 24, 1941 Hello Darling September 24, 1941 Hello Darling

    Honey I will try to make you a good wife so we will be happy. Of course we don’t know each others disposition. ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Abb September, 29 1941 Dear Abb

    I received the package Sat. I was excited as a child on Christmas morning, they were lovely. I like to wear beads. And ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline

    It will be just like going to heaven when we come in to home port and I can see you. We will never ... Click to Keep Reading ...

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September, 29 1941 Dear Abb

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Nashville, Tenn
Sept 29, 1941

Dearest Abb,

I received the package Sat. I was excited as a child on Christmas morning, they were lovely. I like to wear beads. And they are so odd. I think you are real sweet to send them to me. I didn’t get the watch. But maybe I haven’t had time.

I hope you had a big time with Pauline & Woody, if she could see me, she sure would kid me, but I guess I could take it.

The size of my finger is 6 1/2.

I am trying to get my birth certificate, though maybe I would have to have it if I worked out there. Did I ever tell you how old I am, or maybe Pauline has, anyway I was born November 25th 1907. But Pauline and I are just 30 to her friends in Calif. so don’t give us away, ha.

I would like your brother & wife to come by and see me or call me.

Will write again this week.

Pauline

September, 28 1941 German SS troops kill over 30,000 Jews at Babi Yar on the outskirts of Kiev, Soviet Ukraine, in response to sabotage efforts which the Germans attributed to local Jews.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1941)

Pauline’s Letters:

  • April 1917 April 1917

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, I was ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae

    Dear Mae, Read your letter this morning, sure was glad to hear from you. I am having a good time but not as ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • November 1940 November 1940

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, as we ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Gee jack I wish I had more time off while you are out here, so I could be with you more.

  • August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Sam’s Birthday is September 15 that will be the code for the date we will arrive in San Diego or any name ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I haven’t heard from you since my last 2 letters. You probable haven’t recovered from the shock. As soon as you get your ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife

    I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb

    Received your letter yesterday, Honey. I sure was glad to hear from your, I missed your letters so much. Just counting the days ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I have 1 sister May Russell at Lyle, Brother Henry “The Navy”, Russell, Woody & Day at Turlock Ca. Mother is at Day’s ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 24, 1941 Hello Darling September 24, 1941 Hello Darling

    Honey I will try to make you a good wife so we will be happy. Of course we don’t know each others disposition. ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Abb September, 29 1941 Dear Abb

    I received the package Sat. I was excited as a child on Christmas morning, they were lovely. I like to wear beads. And ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline

    It will be just like going to heaven when we come in to home port and I can see you. We will never ... Click to Keep Reading ...

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September 24, 1941 Hello Darling

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

September 24, 1941

Hello Darling,

Received your letter today, I am very anxious to see you, but I think it will be best not to come before Dec. and I know mother will like it better. You see I am her baby child, and what a baby ha.

Honey I will try to make you a good wife so we will be happy. Of course we don’t know each others disposition. I will try to be sweet anyway.

Yes I go to the same church that your mother goes. I don’t get to go every Sunday. As I have to work on Sun. Mother goes every Sun.

I have two sisters and one brother. My brother married when he was 20, he has 5 sweet children. Bettie 15, she is the oldest in 2nd year high school. Mack, Ruth, Margaret, Leonard, they live in the country, about 12 miles from Nashville, He works here, his name is Homer.

I know you will like my oldest sister. I think she has the sweetest ways than any of us. Her name is Mae, she has been married about 2 years. Married a man quite a bit older than her but he seems to worship her. She lost a little girl by her first marriage, she would be 15. Lucile is next to me, she has a girl 9 years old, she sure is sweet. I am sending some pictures of part of my family, you can keep them or send them back if you wish. I hope that you will get to meet them. I lost my father when I was 9 years. I have been working for the tel Co. 16 1/2 years, almost all my life, ha. Sorry to hear about your brothers children, hope they are better now.

Pauline

Picture is enclosed

September 26, 1941 The U.S. Naval Command orders an all-out war on Axis shipping in American waters.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1941)
Back of Photo not labled

Pauline’s Letters:

  • April 1917 April 1917

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, I was ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae June 3rd, 1940 Dear Mae

    Dear Mae, Read your letter this morning, sure was glad to hear from you. I am having a good time but not as ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • November 1940 November 1940

    An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:
    November, 1940, as we ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline July 5th, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Gee jack I wish I had more time off while you are out here, so I could be with you more.

  • August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline August 12, 1941 Dear Pauline

    Sam’s Birthday is September 15 that will be the code for the date we will arrive in San Diego or any name ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline August 15, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I haven’t heard from you since my last 2 letters. You probable haven’t recovered from the shock. As soon as you get your ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife August 17, 1941 To my Dear Future Sweet Wife

    I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline September 10, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb September 18, 1941 Dearest Abb

    Received your letter yesterday, Honey. I sure was glad to hear from your, I missed your letters so much. Just counting the days ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline September 21, 1941 Dear Pauline

    I have 1 sister May Russell at Lyle, Brother Henry “The Navy”, Russell, Woody & Day at Turlock Ca. Mother is at Day’s ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September 24, 1941 Hello Darling September 24, 1941 Hello Darling

    Honey I will try to make you a good wife so we will be happy. Of course we don’t know each others disposition. ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Abb September, 29 1941 Dear Abb

    I received the package Sat. I was excited as a child on Christmas morning, they were lovely. I like to wear beads. And ... Click to Keep Reading ...

  • September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline September, 29 1941 Dear Pauline

    It will be just like going to heaven when we come in to home port and I can see you. We will never ... Click to Keep Reading ...

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