H. Romieux SK1c, USNR
Navy Supply Depot
Barracks A-1 Oakland
Sunday Feb.13, 1944
Thanks a lot for your most welcome letter. Too bad you could not get your transfer if your heart was set on it- but then Mpls. is not such a bad place to be stationed- could be a lot worse you know. Was surprised to hear of Riverners getting his orders. Wonder where he was sent? Yes I just can see Hammon fretting now that he will be transferred soon. Well between you and me- My sentiments are if a person don't want to go to sea- why in hell did they enlist in the Navy and I have not too much use for them.
I have just about told Dick this too- when I was there. Those people make me sick. ( well enough of this- but it just makes me see red I guess.)
Thanks for the dope on Campbell- well he made chief the other day and I had him sized up just about right. So far tho- we get along okay- but we won't if he tries anything- as I'm not a person that will take it and I have already told him so. To hear him talk- he knows how to do everything-okay by me-but he will also take all the blame if things are done wrong-I'll see to that & he knows it.
Last nite I did a little howling- made a few bars- one of them you really should see- if you were here- I would take you there and you could drink cokes. Its called the "Top of the Mark" way up on the top floor (deck) of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Glass all around and a circular bar- one gets a beautiful view of Frisco and all the bay area from there- really a site! and good liquor too.
The weather is nice and brite but nites are awful cold and raw- much different than Minnesota. I hear you are really in the grips of old man winter up there now. How do you like it? Well Mary I hope your not being over worked and that Max is taking good care of your reservations.
Please excuse this scrambled letter- but there is so much noise here in the barracks tonight I can't even think right.
Drop me a line again soon please-
Your pal Henri