January 17, 1945

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January 17, 1945

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1945-01-17

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January 17, 1945



Dearest Geraldine,



I received your letter of Dec. 20th and see that I must give you a little advice. I'm referring to this idea of yours about going into the service. Now I respect your patriotism & the thoughts behind it but Jerry it's no place for a girl like you. Civilians just haven't any conception of what life in the army is like. No motion picture or book has ever given an accurate description of it. The only way to find out it by being in it. I mentioned this to our captain who is a doctor. He is in hearty agreement with me on the subject in fact, his language was on the 'strong' side or I would quote him exactly. Joes and nurses alike here on the train advise you not to take any such step. They should know as they do medical work whereas I know about the regular army. I sincerely hope you never get past the thinking stage in this matter and if you have any respect at all for my advice and the advice of these others please stop even thinking about it.



Another thing honey, don't worry about doing something worthwhile. You subscribe to the War Loans and do your job there at home besides keeping my morale up. That's your part and it's a big part. I'm really serious about this toots. Hells bells if you were in the service I'd be worrying about you all the time! I wish I was there so I could put in a few of my favorite words but you know how I feel about you. I'll feel much better if you say you've discarded the idea. Let me know, please.



I'm off to-nite so I'm going out on pass. I just picked my pass up from the St sgt. and he said to tell you if you want to remain a friend of his and someday be my wife you better give up the idea of going into the service. Don't ask me where he got the second half of his idea—but it's not a bad one as far as I'm concerned just a little early to bring it up. I hope you don't mind my telling you all this sweet. I just wanted to get it off my mind. I'd rather you stayed at home and married the butcher, baker or candlestick maker in order to keep from any of the effects of army life even though I'd lose out myself. You're too sweet a girl to be mixed up in any such thing, honey, believe me. Well I guess if I haven't convinced you by this time I never will so I'll stop harping on it.



Now I want to take off, so I'll sign off for this time, hoping you are well.



All my love,



Johnny

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511

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Burnham-On-Sea

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