|Date||4 Jan 1942|
|Caption||1942 Whittington letter|
|Scope & Content||
Photocopy of letter to "Mamma and Dad" from "Son" stationed in San Diego, California January 4, 1942. 2 pp. Speaks of a letter from Robert D. Whittington and his wife, Ada.
Dearest Mamma and Dad,
It is now 1942 and how quickly it seems that this year has passed. In two mmore days, I will have spent 1 year in the army. It only seems a short time ago that we were mobilized at Shreveport. I have enjoyed it, except for the fact that it has taken me away from my loved ones, and it may be a long time yet before it will be possible to return to civilian life. I like the army alright, but don't care for it as a career. I will gladly serve however as long as I am needed since war has been declared to the best of my capacity. It looks as if it will be a long war, but lets hope not. Daddy tro to take as good care of yourself, because I do not know that Mamma would do if something happened to you and it was impossible for me to come back and help her. Besides, I want you to have a long and happy life with Mamma, as both of you enjoy living so much. I think of you often and what you have taught me and am living by it as much as possible.
We are now in our new location and have a very good place with more of the comforts of camp life, but still quite crude. At least we have a roof over our head, and keep warm and sleep well, and get plenty to eat. Mamma your box of delicious fruit cake finally arrived and how I have enjoyed it. I gave some to the six men who are with me and how they did enjoy it too. I still have some left and am trying to make it last. Mamma I appreciate it so much, as you always could make the best fruit cake. Mamma both kinds are so good, I hardly know which was the better.
I saw in the paper that all of those who were released from the army over 28 yrs. old would be recalled by Feb 1. I wonder if Ken will have to go back? He made a mistake by getting out, but you can't tell some people some things. If he has to go back, he will probably lose his rating which will reduce his pay from $60 to $21. He would have been promoted again, if he had stayed in.
Mamma, I do not have any of my insurance made to Robert D., but the last 5,000 which I took out I am having made to him. He will receive $100 for month beginning at age 16, which would take him through college. I have $1500 each to you and Daddy. $1000 is for my burial expense (made to my estate). $2000 as security for my Bossier bank note. $6,500 to Ada, after I have had this changed. At present, it is $11,500 to Ada. Ada has all of these policies except one for $1,000, which Daddy has, and the $2000 policiy is in Bossier State Bank. Since thinking of it, Ada has all of them, except the $2000 one. I had Ada put them in Safety Deposit Box.
Well I hope to hear from you again soon. There is no special news, as one have had to stay in so close [?] the holidays, until I haven't been hardly out of the aid station except for meals. I am well and "cooking" is scratching my arm for me to play with him. He keeps me company. Today I had a letter from Ada and she and Robert D. are fine. Robert D. can now stand up and tt by himself. I wish I could see them and you as well, but know that it is impossible. I will write as often as I can. I love you and if you could send me a Banner, I would be glad. Thanks again for the fruit cake. I love you, Son.
Whittington, Robert Dillard
Whittington, Ada Mae Compton
World War II
|Lexicon category||8: Communication Artifact|
|Lexicon sub-category||Documentary Artifact|