FLASHBACK FRIDAY: a Navy man’s letter to his daughter

I totally forgot to post my weekly feature, Flashback Friday, yesterday! We were out late at the theatre and all I wanted to do when I got home was go to bed! But here it is – one day late!

One of my projects is transcribing my father’s letters to my mother and sister back home, when he was stationed on a minesweeper during World War II.  I think I am going to be including them in a new blog on my family roots that I will be starting shortly! Stay tuned!!!

Here is a V-mail my dad sent to my oldest sister, who was 2 1/2 at the time. (V-mail was a way of saving on mail costs.  Short letters written on a standard form were copied and shrunk down to 4″ x 5″. V-mails could usually be delivered more quickly  than regular airmail.  A picture of this V-mail is included below).

March 6, 1945
Dear Judy –
I got your cute Valentine, and I am very glad to have it. The new pictures of you, enclosed in it, made a big hit with me. But most of all I was pleased to know that you were

Judy with Uncle Horace
Judy with Uncle Horace

thinking of me.
I love to get your letters too – the latest one thanked me for the handkerchief I sent you. You are getting to be a big girl, and you write a very nice letter.
You have been having a lot of snow there – it’s pretty, isn’t it? – & fun to play in too. I wish I could be there to romp in it with you. It now looks as though I may be able to get home soon, but it will be after the snow is gone and it may seem like a long time to you. But I guess you can wait, though I myself am pretty impatient to see you and Mary and Mother and Go-go.
I hope you are being a good little girl. If you are, some day I shall bring you over here and show you all that I am seeing now.
Your loving Daddy

Judy & Mary, late 1945 or early 1946
Judy & Mary, late 1945 or early 1946


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