18 Aug Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1944
This letter breaks my heart.
24 Dec 1944 V-Mail
Merry Christmas, Mary darling. It is 10:30 PM and I have just opened my only pkge. Thanks, sweetheart, for the Woolcoth, New Yorker, game, soap, Canape Spread, etc. All very useful, or amusing stuff. And the “piece by piece” candy, tossed in by Karen is extra tasty because of!
It’s been a beautifully bright sunshiny day – more so because the ground was white with frost until noon. Darn near froze going for mail today. Tonight several of us brought over whatever we had to eat (the best was a fruit cake brought by the Chaplain) we made a can of coffee and had a bit of a party. Frankly, it was awfully forced. We closed about 9:30 with some pretty feeble carol singing. Then I went out and looked at a brilliant new moon for a while – into the barracks to open my present – and now a letter to you, my very darling. Aside from church this morning (which was a little tough, a few times) that about sums up Christmas Eve. Think I’ll go to bed. All my love – and thoughts – are for you and Karen. I’m so glad I got your pkge – Rollin