I am having a new crystal put in the wrist watch and as soon as I gt back to the mainland I will mail it to you.
I am crazy to see you again. While I was writing these few lines to you I received your letter written August 20, so I will stop and read it.
I am missing this letter from Pauline.
So your family think you are kidding. It will be a surprise to our friends and relatives. The first time either one been married. It’s alright with me any arrangements you make about your job and your mother just so wwe can all be happy.
I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret so all the Naval Officers aboard ships know about it and they are planning on giving us a party and giving us a big time when we get married. So we will be a “King for a Day” ha.
I will let you know more later when I get back to the mainland.
My “Precious One” I think about you every day and think you are going to be part of me and I know we will be happy, we will plan together, live and be happy alwasy until we are old. My father was very tough on us kids but he was a Romeo to my mother. We will have lit of thing to talk about later.
I was over at Mr & Mrs Halley last year and ate supper they are very nice to me. I think lot of them.
I will write you more when I get back.
“Say did you say your birthday was September 19th”
How that! I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I am when you said “yes”.
When I read your letter it seem that I had been lost all my life and found the most happiness thing to live for.
I have been a play-boy all my life thinking I was happy and I have seen so may of my friends get married and told me later that I was missing the most happiness thing in life in not getting married. I have been shipmate with a Lieut. Lett for five years who now is aboard ship with me. He was married 2 years ago, they live in San Diego, Calif. I go our to their home a lot. He & his wife are swell, they are very much in love with each other. Both are very nice to me (you will meet them later) they are glad I have met someone I like very much. I showed them your picture they think you are very nice & good looking.
Remember, Pauline is also the name of Abb’s Sister in Law.
Yes Pauline told me the things you said.
Say: I think I should have a picture made & send you one so you can destroy the one you have of my self. Ha.
If you could plan to come out here sometime in October or before if you like. The reason I say October is because I will be out on a battle cruiser for about 15 days in September and I wont have much time off when we arrive back in September.
When you do come out you and Mother could find a furnished apt or house or you could stay with Woody & Pauline until I come in or any way you see fit. Or you could transfer your job out here until we plan other things if you wanted to hold on to your job or if you just want to keep house it all right with me. If you don’t have enough money to come out [as] I will send you some later. After you get out here we can get married at Woody & Pauline’s or at church or we could drive up to Las Vegas Nev. (about 5 hour drive from Los Angeles) and get married the same day (as movie stars). Or we can have a military wedding mustering the captain & officers of the USS Cuyama. Say you get to help me on this wedding you are going to be my wife and I am about to get lost in the fog in suggesting. Ha.
Say honey. Pauline Truett thinks you are it.
I am glad to hear your mother is feeling better. I hope to meet her some day.
Pauline it will be the happiest thing in my life in making you the best husband any wife was had. We can plan & go places, see things & you meet some of my friends and I will meet your friends and be alone that is just you and I be alone some times and I can kiss your sweet lips.
Honey if you think this is rushing you to fast you can come on out to Los Angels & have your job transferred out here and we can go around a while together. But gosh honey I would be afraid to go away and leaving you like that for fear some other man might get you.
I will write you from Honolulu. If you write me this week and mail it in the address [stamped] envelope it will go clipper mail from San Diego to Honolulu.
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.