Letters from Larry – 13 November 1942

13 November 1942 – Newport, Rhode Island

Dearest Marion,

Aren’t you ready?  I come early and your not ready.  (Sounds familiar eh!)  Well honey I’m really busy now.  I have to study about six different things now.  I got a needle yesterday for typhoid fever and was my arm stiff.  Last night I has a fever and then a cold sweat.  A couple of my pals told me this morning that I was talking and mumbling in my sleep and all I kept saying was “Marion”.  I sure do wish you were nearby.  I need you so much.  When I start to study its takes me about a half an hour to get started.  I keep thinking of you.

All the fellows were jealous of the letter you sent me.  They all got small ones from their girls & wives.  I was really happy after I read your letter, it was swell.  Jimmy is here as your probably know already.  But he is on the mainland and I’m on the island part of camp.  How are your mother & father & Ethel & Tippie.  Tell Ethel I received her welcomed letter and I will write to her over the weekend.  How are your Aunt Ethel and Uncle Lee.  We were playing a game the other day during our physical education period called speed ball.  Its a combination of football, soccer & rugby.  Well it so happened that I ended up on the bottom of a pile-up and it took 3 guys to carry me off the field.  I was knocked out for about 5 minutes.

You should see me scrubbing clothes.  I take me dungeree jumper, and my jersey off.  My under-shirt, shoes & socks and roll up my pants to the knees.  Do I look cute.  Today we had “Field Day”.  In the Navy that means cleaning the dormitories.  We have to sweep & swab the decks (floors), wash the bulkheads (walls), dust the overhead (ceiling) and put our gear (clothes, etc.) in order.  I’ll make a good wife for you.  I don’t know wether I told you in my last letter that I’d be home Dec. 3. in case I didn’t thats when I’ll see you.  I don’t know as yet what time I’ll get in but as soon as I do I’ll let you know.  Well honey I have a lot of studying to do, wash and shave.  We have Captain’s Inspection tomorrow.

Good-bye honey

I’ll always love you

Your man Larry

[with arrow pointing to “man”] Courtesy of the U.S.N.

Letters from Larry – 4 August 1942

4 August 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

Well here’s your letter.  I miss you already.  When your train pulled out yesterday I had a funny feeling it seemed as if you were going away for good.  I’m very glad it is not for good because I’m going to miss you a whole lot.

I love you so much it’s going to be hard not seeing you.  I had a nice dream last night.  It was about you and me.  You’ll never guess what we were doing (am I kidding?).

You’ve only been gone 19 hours and I feel lousey.  I hope this week goes fast.  I have to neck with someone and that someone is you.

Honey, don’t be disappointed because this letter isn’t long because I really don’t know what to say except I love you more than anything in the world and I want you more than anything in the world.

Well how’s the country? Did you arrive safe?  I hope so.  Well I think I’ll have to close because there is really nothing much to tell you.  So long honey.

xxx Lots of Love,


P.S. Miss me?  I hope so because I miss you a whole lot.  Jr. misses you too.  L.R.

P.P.S. Tell Terry I was asking for her and her family.  Tell her it’s been pretty peaceful around here since she went away.  (If she gets mad tell her I’m only kidding.)

Love again,


Letters from Larry – 3 August 1942

3 August 1942 – Queens, New York

Dear Marion,

I’m sorry honey, but I won’t be around today as I got in late and am very tired.  I’m going to sleep till supper time.  I love you sweetheart.  I’ll see you tomorrow.




Here’s a big kiss for you.


Letters from Larry – 3 June 1942

3 June 1942 – Queens, New York

My Dearest Sweetheart,

The last three nights we spent together were nothing short of heavenly.  You do things to me that have never been done before.  Your as sweet and innocent your all a fellow could ask for.  When I hold you in my arms the and everything else just disappear and become unknown.  I wish deep down in my heart that you will be mine always.  Don’t change your mind about me, ever.  Please don’t.  I also wish that one day we’ll have a little house of our own with things the way you like them and have you all to myself every night when I come home from work.  It makes a fellow feel good to know he got something to look forward at the end of a day.

He’s got security in a home and love and tender care of his wife.  I only hope that someday this will all be mine.

If you feel only half much toward me as I feel to you then I know you must love me.  I love you will all my heart darling and I never want to lose you.

I’m at a loss for words.  I really can’t explain my inner emotions.  If this letter isn’t as good as you expected it to be please don’t feel bad because I really want you, need you and love above everyone and everything else.  Your the only thing that keeps me going.  I can’t say much more now.  I’m pretty tired.  Well goodnight precious.

Love me always — as I love you.

Love,  Larry

P.S. Your the apple of my eye

Your a bright start in the sky

You’ve a big spot in my heart

And I hope we never part

Because if we do,

Honey (pause) I’ll be very blue



Letters from Larry – 31 May 1942

31 May 1942 – Queens, New York

Dearest Marion,

I really don’t know why I didn’t want to come around and see you today.  But somehow I felt I wasn’t to blame for the little trouble we had Sat. night.  Whether or not it was my fault or your fault I don’t care.  I want to go on like we have been the last few months.  I was very happy because we didn’t have any arguments.  And even though I was out of work and we did[n’t] do anything, you never said a word.  I liked that.

Until I saw you tonight I’d didn’t think I’d be writing so soon.  But it couldn’t be long because I want you and I love you.

As far as getting a nice greeting when I come around to see you I don’t mind a little questioning or anything else even though I do like a nice friendly greeting.  George told me you were mad about Jimmy coming with me.  Well we only came around with the intention of staying a few minutes and then we were going home because I was going to come back about eight o’clock and he was going out.  Whenever we have plans of doing anything in particular he won’t be there.  I don’t know what you have against him but you sure can put up a fuss about it.

Regardless of Jimmy or anybody else I don’t want to have arguments with you.  So if you want to continue from where we left off Sat. morning (and I hope you do) I see you after school.  If you don’t, it looks as though I’ll lose the most because you wouldn’t lose an awful lot by losing me.  Well goodnight sweetheart I’m closing now.

Love, Larry

P.S. I love you angel, please love me.  L.R.

Excuse the envelope it’s the only one I could find.