John Land loaded cargo and supplies in the anchorage at Ulithi until 5 March 1945, when she got underway with Task Unit 12.6.1.
Henri C. Romieux, Sk1c V-6 USNR
USS JOHN LAND (AP-167)
c/o Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California
Mary Garner, SK2c USNR
U.S. Naval Air Station
Wold Chamberlain Field
3 March 1945
I do hope you will excuse the long lapse in my correspondence. But I assure you it was not caused by my lack of thinking about you but was just impossible for me to write and I hope you will understand.
Now to begin with- thanks lots - for the nice Valentine and sentiment that went with it. Have just finished reading your letters of February 11 and 14 for about the fifth time at least. Yes dream on about the spring time but for me I would gladly take of that good old Minnesota sub-zero winter as against this heat out here.
The jungles were never meant for me-(my pen just went dry so please excuse me while I fill it) Yes indeed it sure would be nice to be at home now- you and Mother and me at a good old "dinner at home" and listening to the radio and arguing over the various usual happenings at home. Sounds almost too good to ever be true.
You know I am surprised you don't keep all those awful letters all tied up in pink ribbons (not really tho- I no doubt would be if you did)- no kidding did you really dig out the old ones and read them over?
You dear old sentimentalist. You know I guess I am just too matter of fact. No if some sound lonesome it is no fault of yours- just the general atmosphere out here being so far from those you like the most. (Yes at that its your fault that way) Your guess is almost correct if you remember what you said in your letter of the 14th. But the guess about going home I guess is a long way off. Could happen maybe next fall or late summer. Yes that party was the first of April I believe. Yes I am laughing anyway- only fifteen times wrong - OK well you no doubt will be right nice before I get there.
Well dear, I guess this is enough of this foolishness and I had better start saying good nite. Thanks heaps for your letters- really I don't know what I would do if they were not to continue. Not much in the way of news I can talk about today.
All is well and I am really in a good mood lately.
Good nite - dear and love- Henri