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December 1, 1944

In this letter, Johnny describes briefly his recent work on the hospital train and comments on his time in the army.

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Johnny mentions that he was listening to two songs while writing this letter to Geraldine. The first, "You're A Long, Long Way From Home," had been playing since at least 1914. The second, "Goodnight, Sweetheart," was first recorded in 1931, but topped the charts when directed by Guy Lombardo.

"You're A Long, Long Way From Home" (Harry James and his orchestra)

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"Goodnight, Sweetheart" (Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians)

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December 1, 1944

Dearest Geraldine,

Apparently my mail is taking the long was around again, at least I haven't had any for two weeks. We've been busy as bees lately. We never know when we go to bed where we'll wake up as we've been pulling out on runs in the middle of the nite lately. We've had seven runs in the last six days—one was on all nite affair. They are the kind that tire you out. I'm sitting now all alone in a ward car listening to records I'm selecting and playing through the radio. At present I'm listening to Harry James playing 'When You're A Long, Long Way From Home.' Very appropriate, don't you think. I've found that the first year in the army is the hardest. After that you just coast along and take what comes. There's nothing new to bother you. I imagine you'll receive this letter about Xmas time, so I hope you have a very happy one. Don't eat too much though—you musn't forget your girlish figure you know. My sister is on a permanent diet. My how women suffer! Tsk, tsk! Well, Guy, my favorite, Lombardo is playing 'Goodnite Sweetheart' now so, I'll confess hoping you are well and don't work too hard.

Cheerio, Johnny

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