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Letter between my maternal Grandparents during WWII

August 12, 1941

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

U. S. S. Cuyama “Confidential”

Dear Pauline,

I written to you yesterday but I don’t believe I told you about our sailing, we will leave here about Thursday for San Pedro there for one day then to Honolulu again. We are due back here about Sept. 15th or there about. I will write you from Honolulu so when I say in my letter from Honolulu. Sam’s Birthday is September 15 that will be the code for the date we will arrive in San Diego or any name stating date so you understand what date we will arrive back.

I passed my exam for promotion as soon as the president signed it. I will be drawn $230 per month and when I get married it will be $300 per month. I saw those pictures you and I made together, boy what an animal I look like.

I am longing when the time come, when I can see you in California.


August 12, 1941 Hitler, against the advice of his generals, shifts some forces from the Moscow front to Leningrad and the Crimean offensives.

Random Photos of Abb & Pauline:

Abb Truett – Date Unknown
Pauline Lampley – Date Unknown
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July 5th, 1941

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

U. S. S. Cuyama – 9:20 am

Dear Pauline,

I will leave this with thee pilot mail. He will be dismissed in about 10 minutes and we will be on our way to our destination.

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

I want to tell you that you are swell & sweet as you can be. I do hope you can come back soon, and I hope you will have a good time on your vacation; for Woody and Pauline certainly will make you have a good time for they are swell.

Well goody by.
Abb R Truett
U.S.S. Cuyanna
C/O Post Master San Diego Calif.

July 5th, 1941 British Government rules out possibility of negotiated peace with Nazi Germany.

Thomas “Woody” Truett is Abb’s Brother.

Thomas Woody Truett

Photo: Woody and Lonnie Mother’s Day 1946
Alice Pauline (Holly) Truett

Photo: Woody’s New Car Aug 9, 1948
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June 3rd, 1940

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Monday morning

Dear Mae,

Read your letter this morning, sure was glad to hear from you. I am having a good time but not as good as I had last year. Of course I didn’t expect to, it is entirely different, but it will be cheaper. It is very pretty here but nothing much to do but swim, but I am enjoying that. We have been going to the Gulf and Tampa Bay, we went to church yesterday morning and had dinner in town. Spent the rest of the day at Treasure Island, it is on the Gulf. We are planning on leaving here Thursday morning and go to Silver Springs and part of the East Coast. Hope I don’t get disappointed. They want to stay with Mr. Taylor as long as they can. Think I will go to town and see a show today. Hope Lucille will get to go to Mobile, I know she will enjoy it.

I haven’t heard much about the war. We don’t have a radio and haven’t seen but one paper since we arrived, so you see I don’t know much.

Thank you for sending Blondie, I got a kick out of it.They want to know who my letter was from when they heard me laughing.

Will try to send Mr. Kaplan a card, hope you can read this.


June 4th, 1940 Winston Churchill delivers his, “We shall never surrender”, speech to the House of Commons.

From Grandma’s photo album. Taken in Sarasota Florida, year unknown but possibly same year as this letter.

The hotel in this postcard is in the background of the photo.

Mae & Lucille are Pauline’s sisters.
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