Cpl Roman F. Klick 36620923
Co "A", 353rd Engr Regt
A.P.O. #502, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, California
28 June 1943
Dear Aunty Clara:
Yesterday was the first day in which I put my plan of getting home to you a copy of all my letters into effect. I wrote a letter to Ray and Dotty and made a carbon copy of it on a V-Mail form. The both letters are therefore identical except for the addresses. One will go to Ray's house and the other to you. When I turn them in for censoring, I clip them together so that whoever censors the one will see that the other one is the duplicate. That way it will not cause them any extra work except for the stamping, signing and sealing of the letter. I know that you have enjoyed receiving the carbon copies of my letters and by continuing it by this means will compensate somewhat for the fact that my letters are now of only one page length.
If you recall, back in the States we thought that the supply of V-Mail would be rather scarce or severely limited overseas; so as a result all the soldiers stocked up on a good supply. You can imagine our surprise after lugging V-mail away across the world we find that the supply is practically unlimited in this location.
Also in connection with the V-mail letters: While out outgoing mail is censored our incoming mail is never censored. In the upper left hand corner of this sheet you will notice that there is a censor's stamp and his name written in also. On none of the letters I have received in photographed form or otherwise has there been any such or similar indication of censorship.
By the way, Jack's mother (Jack Molyneaux) said that she was going to drop you a postcard about something or another. Have you received it and what did she have to say? I gave him my address away back in Camp White and now here. It comes in handy. Something like the list of wives names which we drew up just before leaving the States and which the husbands sent to their wives. When I get around to it, I will collect the addresses of several o the fellows that I associate with and will send them to you. That was if anything should ever happen or should you want some news, you can write to them and possibly get some information.
Remember all the dough I told you I had saved up for a cablegram to you? Well just about all of it is gone now and most all of it went in the same place --- the PX. Frankly, I just about got sick of eating so much candy. In addition to the 80¢ box of chocolates they now sell some swell candy which melts in your mouth like a mallow delight. Naturally, whenever the opportunity presented itself, I bought myself as much as possible. And then the other fellows bring around candy which all in all amounts up to quite a bit of sweets. And then the two trips into town took some money besides the dozen candles I bought from Larry the other day. My total cash assets now amount to a five dollar bill and a few pieces of change.
Will you do me a favor? Call up Gussie Peterson, the switchboard operator down at RH&R, and ask her how her nephew is getting along. When I was home on furlough, she hadn't heard from him for over two months except thru some sort of government communication. I don't think Gussie or any of them down there know that I'm not in the States myself anymore.