Rec. Ship (AP167)
T.I. San Francisco, Calif
Mary Garner, SK3c USNR
c/o Naval Air Station
January 2, 1944
I'll bet you are surprised to hear from me. Hows all going with the Waves at NAS? Thanks heaps for the nuts. Sure was nice of you to think of me and I enjoyed them all the way to San Francisco. Have done next to no cooking since leaving Minneapolis. My ship is in Oakland and is being converted to a troop transport. It was a C-2 and has only made one cruise. So you see I have an almost new ship. Had a good look at it last week. The crews quarters are sure swell.-two to four men to a state room each has running water and a shower for every two rooms. So unless they change plans it all will be mighty fine.
Have had liberty for 1500 to 0745 all but two nites since I came here. Frisco is a swell town and have managed to have lots of fun. Wish you were here Mary and we could have lots of fun.
Next week expect to go to Mare Island for a few days fire fighting school. Then next week to gunnery school at San Bruno, I guess. Our crew is just starting to arrive all a bunch of swell fellows so far. The SK complement is a LT (JG) Supply officer, 1-pay clerk, 1-CSK (a swell guy) and the supply officer a Mister Greene, used to be an SK- then one SK1c (me), two SK2c, Three SK3c and two strikers. Don't know where they will put me for sure but looks like I'll have charge of Disbursing, I hope.
Well Mary, enough of all this prattle-hope you can make some sort of sense of it out As you see I am the worlds worst writer. How about my pal, Moher, is he still there, the old land lubber. If he is say "hello" please. Hope the boys in the NRB are treating you okay- if not let me know.
Any way here is the best possible wishes for you in the New Year and do let me hear from you.
An old pal——-Henri