Letters

The Letters From Snook To Gee

Dearest Gee

Dearest Gee. Every letter home starts the same way, all 340 or so I have collected in this old wooden shoe shine kit box. Snook loved Gee, from the moment they met in 1935 until his passing in 1989, with Gee by his side. The man I knew, my grandfather, was an exceptionally gentle man,Continue reading “Dearest Gee”

Monday, June 11, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I have never received any more mail since those letters a couple days ago. That must have been some sort of windfall. Now I’m getting nervous again. Maybe tomorrow. Went to Oslo yesterday and had a pretty good time. Sober too! There were four of us who went together. They haveContinue reading “Monday, June 11, 1945”

Friday, June 8, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I finally got some mail today. Got two swell letters from you and three packs of funnies. The letters were dated May 15 and 16th. Also got a v-mail from Mildred C. and one from Carrie. That should tide me over til tomorrow and then I”ll sweat it out all overContinue reading “Friday, June 8, 1945”

Thursday, June 7, 1945

Dearest Gee. No mail again today, honey, but maybe I’ll get some tomorrow. I sure am anxious to get some too. Seems like it’s been months. I went to town this afternoon. Man it sure was dead. They do have a little beer but that’s all. It’s a dark beer, and not bad as farContinue reading “Thursday, June 7, 1945”

Wednesday, June 6, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, Norway at last. Sure had a fine trip but was wishing to go west in place of north. I went by plane from Le Havre to here and really enjoyed it. Some of the guys got sick but, thank the Lord, I didn’t. Made one stop near Hamburg long enough toContinue reading “Wednesday, June 6, 1945”

Friday, June 1, 1945

Dearest Gee. Been neglecting you the past couple of days but, as I told you, I’m out of paper and envelopes. No, don’t send any now as it’s just temporary. I borrowed this paper and one envelope. About all I’ve been doing lately is going to the show. Yesterday I saw two and the dayContinue reading “Friday, June 1, 1945”

Tuesday, May 29, 1945

Dearest Gee. Lord’s sakes, this month seems like it’s been six years long. Don’t know why but the days sure seem to hang on longer than they should. It doesn’t get dark until after ten and that doesn’t help matters any. I’ll sure be glad (I hope) when we get to Norway. At least itContinue reading “Tuesday, May 29, 1945”

Monday, May 28, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got three swell letters from you today, kid, and three from Mom. Sure was glad to get them too as they were the first I’ve received that were written after this war was over. Yours were of May 8, 9, and 18th. That ten-day one sure made good time, didn’t it? I wasContinue reading “Monday, May 28, 1945”

Sunday, May 27, 1945

Dearest Gee. Didn’t hear from you today, honey, but I got a v-mail from Coe dated May 14 so that is a pretty late one. I noticed she used the APO 4994, hasn’t anyone told her the latest one? I wrote her the other day and told her. I was kinda planning on going toContinue reading “Sunday, May 27, 1945”

Saturday, May 26, 1945

(Note: this letter and the one following tomorrow are dated the same, but only the following/tomorrow’s seems to have been written on the 27th. I believe this letter precedes the next one, but it is possible it follows instead). Dearest Gee. Got your May 2 jobby today and a swell package. It had candy bars,Continue reading “Saturday, May 26, 1945”

Friday, May 25, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got an old letter of March 28 from you today, but it was still welcome. Also got a nice v-mail from Coe. She sure has been a peach. She writes whether I do or not. In your letter you were telling me about being over to Kramers’ for Eloise’s party.Continue reading “Friday, May 25, 1945”

Wednesday, May 23, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got your May 7 edition today, kid, also one from Mom of the same date. Sounds like you are pretty much on edge concerning the war ending. You can be at ease now. We’ll coast the rest of the way, huh, kid? I sure hope I see you soon too honey, but don’tContinue reading “Wednesday, May 23, 1945”

Tuesday, May 22, 1945

Dearest Gee. Didn’t get any letter from you today, honey, but I got a nice four pager from Mildred C. and one from the Reader’s Digest people wanting me to send them my permanent APO number. They were explaining to me that APO 4994 was not a permanent APO and as the Digest came secondContinue reading “Tuesday, May 22, 1945”

Monday, May 21, 1945

Dearest Gee. I got your April 29 letter today and one from Mom of the 28th — and one back from the censor that I wrote you yesterday. I wrote you two yesterday, this second one I was answering some of your questions and they didn’t like some of the things I said. Someday, kid,Continue reading “Monday, May 21, 1945”

Sunday, May 20, 1945

Somewhere in France. Dearest Gee. This being Sunday and nine o’clock in the morning, I got a little time to start this letter any way. I’m going to church this morning but it doesn’t take up until ten. I was going to dash Chick off a line to let him know the newest APO numberContinue reading “Sunday, May 20, 1945”

Saturday, May 19, 1945

Somewhere in France Dearest Gee. Got your swell May 3rd & 4th letters today, kid, and also a cute v-mail from L Harry. It took me an hour to figure out what it was but I finally did it. He had drawn three pictures of heads and had teeth marks on one and he gaveContinue reading “Saturday, May 19, 1945”

Thursday, May 17, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got this fresh batch of paper today so guess I’ll have to take advantage of it. Some of the guys wanted some of it so I have been giving some of it away. Yesterday and today I received five letters, two from Sis and Mom and three from you. TheyContinue reading “Thursday, May 17, 1945”

Wednesday, May 16, 1943

Somewhere in France. Dearest Gee. Long time no letter, honey, but I sure can’t help it. It’s just another one of those things you’ll have to put up with. Don’t get discouraged, honey, we’ll be together again sometime soon as the other war can’t last too long. I don’t know how long I’ll be overContinue reading “Wednesday, May 16, 1943”

Wednesday, May 9, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, it looks like one of the days of all days arrived anyway, didn’t it? I sure am thankful to have pulled through this far at least without too much injury. Guess the V Day must have been a flop since it was such a long drawn out affair. Don’t start expectingContinue reading “Wednesday, May 9, 1945”

Sunday, May 6, 1945

Dearest Gee. I had a field day of field days today honey. What do you think — I got that Christmas package you sent so long ago, along with four more. One package was from Mom but the others were from you, kid, and I sure thank you. We’ve had a section leader meeting everyContinue reading “Sunday, May 6, 1945”

Saturday, May 5, 1945

Dearest Gee. Lordy, honey, I sure collected the mail in yesterday. I got your furloughs of March 8, April 11, 15, and 17th, and three from Mom, one being a v-mail, and a nice card (Easter) from Mrs. Nelson. Be sure and thank her for me. Your March 8 letter had the picture of AnnaContinue reading “Saturday, May 5, 1945”

Friday, May 4, 1945

Dearest Gee. Didn’t get any letters yesterday or today, honey, but guess I shouldn’t kick after that gob I got the other day. The package is all gone now. We ate noodles and jelly, eggs, fried potatoes and just before the meal we each took a snort of ye olden Taylor. T’were in the neighborhoodContinue reading “Friday, May 4, 1945”

Thursday, May 3, 1945

Dearest Gee. Honey, I’m sure getting way behind on my correspondence. I just can’t find the time or opportunity it seems. I hit the jackpot again and got four letters from you. Nice long ones too. They were dated March 17, April 3, 8, and 10th. Also got one from Erv, and one from Mom,Continue reading “Thursday, May 3, 1945”

Sunday, April 29, 1945

Dearest Gee. Hit the jackpot from you today, honey. Got a nice one from Mom too. Yours were dated March 18, 22, and April 5. The March 18 one looked like it had really been through the war. It had got wet and I could hardly make it out. It had the basketball winners inContinue reading “Sunday, April 29, 1945”

Saturday, April 28, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got your delivery package yesterday of a half peanut (?) and coke and noodles. Boy, did that go good. The boys all said to write you again so I am. It went down right easy. I also got a package from Jack and Hilah of fudge and magazines. Sure wasContinue reading “Saturday, April 28, 1945”

Thursday, April 26, 1945

Dearest Gee. Have a few spare minutes tonight honey, so I’ll try to answer the swell letter of April 6 I got a couple days ago. I also got a nice long job from Dad today. It was the first time I’ve heard from him in some time. I noticed tonight that we got quiteContinue reading “Thursday, April 26, 1945”

Thursday, April 19, 1945

Dearest Gee. Honey, I received that very fittin (?) pen today. It came through in fine shape and I sure do like it. You must have got quite a bargain. I’ve been showing it around and have had about a half a dozen offers to buy it already. Don’t worry, I sure don’t intend toContinue reading “Thursday, April 19, 1945”

Tuesday, April 17, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, this certainly was a surprise to get this stationary. I hope you haven’t impinged on any copyrights or patents. It came just a little late tho, since I’m no longer a member of said organization. Guess there is no law against using the stationary tho. Sure thank you, kid. The fellowsContinue reading “Tuesday, April 17, 1945”

Sunday, April 8, 1945

Somewhere in Germany. Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I feel pretty good today since I got four letters from you, a five pager typewritten from Mildred, and a four-pager from Mom. Your letters were dated March 19, 20, 22, and 23rd so they were fairly late ones which made it all the better. This is aContinue reading “Sunday, April 8, 1945”

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