S/Sgt. Wilbur C. Garner, 33377578
G-1 Section, Hq XIX Corps
APO 270, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.
MARY W. GARNER, SK2c
U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION
MINNEAPOLIS, 6, MINNESOTA
"Somewhere in Germany"
17 February 1945
It's me again. I just wrote you the day before yesterday but I received your letter of the 3rd of February today and thought I'd keep abreast of the correspondence situation. Night before last I wrote 5 letters and cleared all of my debts. It is much easier than trying to keep up with a batch.
I haven't heard any news from England but I imagine Gwen is almost getting ready to go back home now. Boy the mail and Red Cross are so slow over here it is pathetic. Someone should do something about it.
Congratulations on making good with your exams for the SK1c rating. more power to you Sis. I guess you'll be making as much as I make now. Can you beat $143.00 a month. After the child is born $155.00. That of course includes all allowances and pay. Of course the expenses are rising in comparison too. It will cost $170.00 for Gwen and the child's fare across the ocean. Of course, to say nothing of the cumulative miscellaneous items which are mounting for all the certificates and documents. It is surprising just where one's money can go. The way I see it, especially now, the more I can save and get into bank before I get out of the Army the better it will be.
Say, Mary have you ever thought or made any post-war plans? For example; Do you intend to live with Mother & Dad? You know, they are both getting up in years and it is going to be our responsibility to all pitch in and take care of them. I've been wondering if it would work or if we could make a plan work where we could all live near or together.
Mother mentioned to me the fact that Harriet was happy and contented living at home before going to Florida. I was wondering if we could figure something out. Just thinking. I imagine each one has thought about it. I was just curious to get your opinion. Of course, Souil is the one with the biggest sock, but I don't think Mother and dad would be as happy with either of them as they would with you or me.
You know I was always one to look ahead & try to figure things out.
Well, Mary, I guess I'll close for tonight and hope to hear from you again soon.
Loads of Love from Gwen and me,