Letter from James Wright to his parents, October 9, 1945
Espiritu Santo, N.H.
R/S – Navy #140 – c/o F.P.O.
San Francisco, California
9 October, 1945
Just a few lines to tell you that I’m still in the best of health and that so far there is no real news about possibilities of ship sailings from here.
The best news I have heard so far is the radio report that the point score for discharge is to be lowered on or before the first of November – (Here’s hoping it drops to 40; because I’ll have that number as of the first of the month -) So ---- !
We have had a renewal of the rainy days and since I’ve had my laundry on the line for 4 days now; I hope they dry today. This morning seems to be clearing a little, and at the least; it isn’t raining.
Yesterday I sent another box homeward via Parcel Post. There are a few extra pieces of clothing; a few books, white sox (ok here but verboten in S.F.) a pint Thermos bottle; a couple of Turkish towels and a white Navy Blanket that I don’t have room to carry. The blanket is one of my original “boot camp” issue; but I’m not going without; because I had a chance to pickup [sic] an almost new blanket of the same type for $1.00. Since they are $18.00 a pair (new) I just couldn’t resist the chance. So I’ll have a little more warmth when I start to freeze in bed at S.F.
I’m enclosing a copy of one of the monthly x-ray reports. November 1st reported October which was a normal or average month – we had over 1000 examinations in the month of August 1944 but that was the peak of the patients from Guam and [Saipan]. Also enclosed is an extra I.D. card. I’m sorry the picture shows such a “dopey” expression; but it was taken the 2d day after I got out of bed with the bout of scarlet fever. Please don’t show it around too far because I’m not supposed to have an extra copy.
All for now – more later
From the Papers of James Wright, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command