H. Romieux, SK1c USNR
USS JOHN LAND
c/o FPO, San Francisco
Mary Garner, SK2c, USNR
c/o Supply Department
U.S. Naval Air Station
Minneapolis, 6, Minnesota
12 October 1944
Just received two of your letters, and had just began to wonder if you had forgotten all about me. Glad to hear you finally had news from your brother in Belgium, you know I envy him quite a lot, at least they get to see some cities but here it is quite different. Really if I ever get back into civilization again I don't believe I'll know how to act.
So Hammond at last got his orders-wonder what kind of a ship he will get. Yes you don't know but what you may have missed some good times by not running into him before your jaunts. Of course I have my own ideas on this but will not say them.
Surprised to hear about the scuttlebutt about you Waves getting out after two years service - You have something there in your argument with yourself, but I just wonder how satisfied you would be now back to normal with the War still going on. Maybe it would be for the best at that and as you say good jobs are hard to be had now and God only knows what will be available after this horrible mess is over.
At any rate you have done your share and then some, putting up with what you have had to with some of that outfit at Naval Air Station and I guess you know what kind I mean, but you know the censor is ever present. No I don't think you would be wise to go for Foreign Service, cause I imagine a result somewhat like you do.
Wish I had been there to laugh with you and at you when you went to the Chiropractor instead of Photographer. Of course you know I want one of those pictures, please send me one soon as they are finished.
Had a letter from Mother today, she is spending the winter with some nieces of hers in Quebec you know. She is pretty lonesome for a place of her own again and I kind of feel guilty to have left her, cause you know she always made her home with me since Dad died several years ago. She is 74, but seems to be in good health, I hope. She writes rather a pathetic letter, which is most unusual for her, cause as a general rule she at least sounds and acts cheerful, not at all like her to be down at the heels. But I know she worries a lot about me, and the long time between my news.
Well dear, keep what you call chatter, and I call real interesting letters, coming right along. I don't know what I would do with out them.
Love and more Love,