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Hello,

So just an FYI that you can share posts to this blog via twitter and/or facebook now…Also, if you see a post you like, hit the “like” button at the bottom of the page (you’ll have to open the post first by clicking on the title of the post)…I feel so official now! 😉

Stephany

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As I go through my grandpas letters to Edith I’m finding out a lot about grandpa and the times from when his letters were written. I didn’t know my grandfather was also teaching himself french while enlisted. He adds cute little french phrases to his letters to Edith, which I had to look up! He also throw’s in a japanese word here and there. I’ve learned what a tarpon is in case I ever decide to go fishing…and, I’m only a quarter of the way through his letters! Every day I get up, try to finish stuff around the house so I can concentrate on this project. I feel bad for my kids because they’re on summer break and I’ve been consumed with these letters and blog. Maybe one day when they’re older they’ll appreciate all the work I’m doing. Maybe not…;) I can’t wait to see what else I can find!

a bientot! (see you later)

Stephany

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Hello,

I’ve added a page to include the titles of books that grandpa read during the war. Also added a timeline page beginning from grandpas enlisted date and will be adding to it as I go along. Will be adding links and photos to the timeline page as I go along as well… I’m really learning alot about the war and my grandfather. This is really an enjoyable ride…hope you all are learning and enjoying with me!

Stephany

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I thought this was an interesting letter to Edith. Grandpa talks about his “off” time in the South Pacific, fishing and “near-death” encounters with sting rays and sharks.

May 2, 1944

Dear Edith,

It must be grand back there with spring there and too , love must be in the air for you! But out here it’s hard for one to think that spring can be anywhere else because it is perennially hot out here. Just got back from a trip and we had a marvelous time. The boys fished and caught a 7 ½ foot shark, a barracuda, tarpon and red snapper. On the
outward trip I got seasick, but felt better on the homeward voyage. I scared a sting ray from it’s sleep while I was wading in lukewarm, knee deep water and going to the row boat. It was about 3 or 4 feet wide and only about four feet from me. It startled me and after it was past I thought of where I’d be if I’d walked 4 feet to my left instead of where I did travel. A few moments later a shark came toward the lieutenant but everyone hollered and he jumped into the rowboat and the shark seeing that his meal had eluded him took off the other way. That is about all the highlights. I haven’t gone riding for ages now. I doubt if I’ll even be able to hang on. Perhaps you can teach me all over again? Perhaps, I’ll get sore down there too. Got a lot of liniment? Ever go riding in the moonlight? I never have but it must be swell. You just need a good massage to take the stiffness out. If you still get stiff from riding I’ll be glad to give you an expert massage. Have you heard from Ted lately? It’s been months since I’ve last had word from him. Be good and take care of yourself.

Always,

Hit

I had to “google” tarpons because I’ve never seen one….here’s a picture…BIG FISH! (and they were in a row boat, fishing)

Tarpon (aka Big fish to me! ) 😉

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So, I just got home from working 2 twelve hour shifts in the ER. Needless to say I’m exhausted. I’m finding that doing this blog and working on putting this book together is going to take me an awful long time at this rate. But, seeing how excited everyone has been about me starting this blog and getting so much support from everyone, I have become really motivated. I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven’t stopped working on this, just taking a “break” for my paying job. I have a few days off coming and plan on doing a lot of work so keep checking for new posts and pictures.

BTW I had a patient today ask me, when I was leaving his room, if I knew about the South Pacific . I turned around and said “Yes I do!!” He then went on to tell me about his time spent on an island near Fiji during the 1950’s and the work he did there while in the military. We only spoke for a couple of minutes but I could see how much he wanted to share his story with someone. I’d like to think that my grandpa would have been as excited to share his own story.

Stephany

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Letter 15 to Edith. Grandpa mentions a few books in his letters as well. I'm going to start another page with the book titles that he's read.

 

He also sent one of these to his mom while she was in Arkansas. I'm not sure if he drew the pictures or not but his scrap books have a lot of little pictures so maybe he did.

 

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This has to be my most favorite picture!!! unknown soldiers showering somewhere in the south pacific

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