Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6) Christmas in Colorado --1942

Buckley Field, Colorado
Dec. 26, 1942, Sat. Nite, 5:30PM

Betty Dear,

I just received your letters of the 20th and 23rd and they sure were welcome.  I really do appreciate those letters.  It is so swell to receive a letter every day or every other day.  Keep on sending them please.

Well Xmas was swell to me.  I went in town Xmas Eve and stayed till Xmas Nite and then I went to school.  Xmas day I went to dinner with a friend of mine “Tom Curtis” he used to live here in Denver and he had some friends who‘s son is in England (Fighter Alert) and they had us come to dinner at their house.

Well I sure was glad to hear that Bob’s solo flight was a success.  I knew he would make it.  Tell him  (oh well never mind I will write him my self).

I was glad to hear you were over to the house.  “So you liked Buddy Mantler did you, well all the women do.”

You say am I sorry I couldn’t keep the date with Libby.  Well to tell the truth I am sorry really sorry, because I had to tell her a couple of three things or two.  And I don’t mean a discussion about the weather nor the war.

Well we have snow now and it came this morning at 1 o’clock AM.  Just 1 hour late to be “A White Christmas”.  It has snowed all day and there is about 8 or 9 inches on the ground and it looks like there will be more.

Well write as often as you can and write me every thing you do.  I will be thinking about you.

With love and kisses, etc.,


  1. “White Christmas”---The now familiar song was introduced in the 1942 film Holiday Inn (winning the Academy Award for Best Song), Crosby's "White Christmas" held first place on the Hit Parade countdown for a record ten consecutive weeks.
  2. Libby Bazzell--- Jack’s girlfriend in Louisville, KY
  3. Jack's Parent's House---When he mentions “you were over to the house” he is referring to his parents home on Bonner Ave. in St. Matthews.

Jack's Dog Tags at the end of the War.-  The number under his name is his Army Serial number- the first digit "1" indicates that he was a Volunteer in the Regular Army, the second digit "5" indicates that he is from Ohio, W. Virginia, Indiana, or Kentucky.  T 42  43 indicates the years of his tetanus immunization and the year of his tetanus toxoid injection.  The "O" after the number 43 indicates that he had Type O blood.  His mother Avery and her address are listed as next of kin.  The "P" after his mother's address indicated that he was a Protestant.

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