17 April 1943 – Letter from Dad to Mom

Letter or Postcard – Letter

Sender – Ralph Peterson

Recipient – Phyllis Peterson

Postmark Place – St. Petersburg, Florida

Postmark Date – 17 April 1943

Letter Date – 16 April 1943



My dearest wife and baby,

No letter from you today, so I can’t think of a very long letter. I will try and make it as sweet as I can, though maybe none of them are very sweet. But it is the best I can do. I got a letter from Clarence today, and he has been promoted from buck Sergeant to a staff sergeant. The way he wrote he was pretty proud of it. I only hope that I can go up half as far as he has. This letter will be more scribbly then the others. I am awfully tired. It was a real hard day. I haven’t been shipped yet so I won’t go on till next week because they don’t ship out on Sunday. How is my little baby Bonny coming along? I hope both you and her are well, and you always will be. I know as sweet as a wife as you are wouldn’t let anything happen to our little Bonny. This is all I can think of now, but will write a lot more tomorrow when I have some time. Until then, goodnight my darling wife and baby from Pappy.

PS – This is a funny post script. I love you. I love you. I love you.

Notes: Curious little letter. Either Dad was a bit ticked at not receiving a letter, or he really had a bad day.

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