Envelope post dated December 18, 1940
U.S.S. Colorado Box 14
Long Beach, Calif.
Mr. & Mrs. K.W. Rhoades & Family
4011 North 30 Street
Say, you folks sure must have a real snow back there. I saw a wire photo in the paper here showing a car parked on 17 [S. 17th Street] and Farnam [Street], there by dad’s office, completely covered with snow after a street sweeper and walk shoveler had finished their work. It’s to hot here. I slept with out any bed clothes [sheets and blankets] last night and still I sweat. [I] got mom’s letter yesterday and was glad to hear from home. Bill was over last night, he wrote home last Sat[urday]. [He] said his reason for not writing is his folks won’t write to him. He hasn’t heard from them in 3 weeks. By the way, dad, it has been a long time since I’ve heard from you. I would like a letter from you soon, if its possible. Mom said you didn’t feel very good and had a cold in your eyes. I hope by the time you get this you feel lots better and are rid of your cold. I’m glad to hear Helene hasn’t forgotten me. I thought maybe by now she wouldn’t remember who I am. I suppose she is just as ornery as ever. Thanks for getting the scrap book, now Ill have to send some things for it. I am going to buy a camera off of a kid here. I told him I would give him whatever a back shop dealer would offer and he said O.K. as he wants to buy a new one (better one). It is a sixteen buck [$16] camera and I’ll get it for about five I think. He has had it a year and has taken swell pictures with it. It’s a candid camera. Well I can’t think of any more but am waiting patiently for letters from all of you. Say hello to all our friends and wish them a Merry Christmas for me.
Loads of Love,
Envelope post dated December 25, 1940
Long Beach Calif
Mr K.W. Rhoads
4011 No 30th St
December 24, 1940
Dear Mr. Rhoades & Family,
I received your card yesterday and Thanks a lot it sure was swell.
I feel pretty bad I never received any mail for month[s] and I thought everybody forgot me. A couple of my Folk’s letters got lost.
I guess My dad told you that I was a gun striker on the three in [3 inches] Battery. The 3″ battery was just put aboard and I just found out that when we go to the [ship]yards in March the 3″ will be replaced by 1.1 guns. They shoot a 1 pound shell and have 4 barrels so that it can shoot more shells per minute.
I like the Navy swell and I have seen some swell scenery since I joined.
Kenny and I aren’t on the same ship but we rate liberty on the sam nights. We see quite a bit of each other maybe some day we will be able to get on the same ship.
I can’t think of anything more to write about so I will close.