[rubber stamp] PASSED BY NAVAL CENSOR Caur
MR. JESSE DORSEY
Sgt. Floyd C. Phipps
Co. ìAî, 1st Avn Engr Bn, FMF,
% Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, Calif.
16 September 1943
Dear Mr. Dorsey:
I received your letter No. 15 from you a few days ago and inasmuch that I have a little spare time, I decided to answer you while the time is good. I am very pleased to hear that everything is running smooth back there, the same goes for out here. We are still enjoying our rest and getting plenty of good eats and also plenty of liberty. Our battalion had a first anniversary dance a few nights ago which all hands enjoyed. I only hope by the time the second anniversary rolls around, Iíll be able to celebrate back there.
I have been pretty busy the last few weeks but who isnít nowdays, I imagine there are very few persons that are not helping the war effort in some way or another. Those weekend dances that you folks are giving for the servicemen really make me proud that I live there. I know how those fellows appreciate it because out here the folks are treating us as if we were kings. So keep up the good work.
Well it wonít be long until the basketball and football season starts, those are two things I really miss. I still argue with everybody why Indiana and St. X turn out the best basketball teams in the states and also football teams, sometimes I have to argue pretty hard but I usually win, as all the good hoosiers do. I havenít seen any boys from home recently but I just missed seeing Oscar Bottorff, maybe Iíll hit it lucky one of these days and meet one of them.
The news has been sounding pretty good to us these past few weeks, but I do think that it will take a little longer time to beat the Axis than most folks think. If it ends sooner than is expected everything will be alright but if not I wonít be disopointed, not a bad way to feel, donít you agree.
We have a radio in the office and get to hear all the news and music from the states. But there is one program that I want to tell you about. Itís a propaganda program from Tokyo, dedicated to us fellows. They play music that was popular when we were in the states and after each number they ask us if we remember that song, and so forth. They think they are making us homesick but that isnít the story, it only does the opposite, it makes everyone fighting mad and ready to march up the streets of Tokyo, nothing wrong with our morale no siree. I see that I have reached the end of the page so Iíll close, Iím always glad to hear from you.
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