Somewhere in Netherlands Indies
August 9th, 1944
Well here I am again with a short report of the general situation. I have not been able to keep up on answering much mail the past week. I know you will understand how it is. I received three grand letters from you this week. I wish I could write to you every day. Your letters were dated July 2nd, 8th, 15th.
You must have had a swell time in the country. Did you spend all of your time reading “Gone With The Wind”? Good book, you should have read it a long time ago. I am glad to hear that you are working down at the store. Every girl should get some business experience. Making contact and dealing with various types of people will always be a great help.
Honey I sure enjoy the picture you sent. Why don’t you get some more pictures taken and send me several. I sure approve of your trips to Fort Knox. But please don’t fall for some smooth line and disappoint me. Glad you can cheer up the fellows in the hospitals they sure deserve it.
You said that it wasn’t your place to tell me what the score is with Libby. Darling the way I feel I would rather hear it from you than any other person. How or why doesn’t make much difference, but I would like to know just what you have found out. No one else could have more right to tell me than you.
I will probably never be able to explain to you how much you letters mean. It isn’t just the letter it self that counts so much. Even if you only put “All my Love, Betty” on a piece of paper, it is still a great comfort to know that back there some swell girl like you is thinking of me sometime besides when she is reading a letter from me. Keep those thoughts and letters coming my way. Please take these things I have been writing to you seriously. I really mean them from way deep.
Today I did all my wash and quite a wash at that. Three towels, 2 jackets, 5 pairs of pants and a handful of socks. We wash with rain water that we get off the tents. We also bath in rain water. It sure cleans your hair and makes it soft and smooth.
This afternoon we got a load of crushed white coral for the floor around our tent. Sure makes a difference with a clean white floor.
I am making a frame for your picture so it will keep better. I won’t let any thing happen to it.
Well that is about all for now. And please keep in touch with my folks and they will be glad to see you as often as you can come.
I will go on dreaming of the day some time soon when I can be close to you. Please remember that. I’d love to hold you in my arms again and be able to hear you say you still love me.
- Gone With The Wind---The novel by Margaret Mitchell was first published in 1936. It was a bestseller from the start. The movie was released in December 1939.
- Fort Knox Dances---During the war service support groups such as the U.S.O. sponsored dances at Fort Knox. I think that girls were chaperoned and went by bus from Louisville to attend the dances. Betty was of short stature, just a tad over 5 feet tall, and she said that all the short men would line up to dance with her, many of them of Puerto Rican descent.
- Collecting Rainwater--- Obtaining fresh water on Biak was a continual problem. A coral island, its interior was covered in dense tropical forest. Many of the streams ran through underground channels and so collecting rainwater must have been essential.
- Geiger & Ament---This was the jewelry store in downtown Louisville run by Betty's grandfather. Betty's father was also involved with the business until his death in 1940. Betty's mother Emma worked at the store and from time to time Betty and her sister Anne worked there also.