Sgt Roman F. Klick 36620923
HS 1393 Engr APO 709
c/o PM San Francisco, California
21 June 1944
Did you see the picture "Lost Angel" with James Craig, Marsha Hunt and Margaret O'Brien? Here I was hoping it would be a good class B picture and by golly if it didn't turn out to be a very good picture. There was a little girl in it who had been raised by scientists for six years and was a little walking Britannica when she met up with James Craig, a reporter. The story is very humorous with this little girl showing everyone up with the things she knows in comparison to the things the adults do not know. And the last part is touching when a strong affection grows up between the reporter and the little girl. And the little girl was dressed just the way Rosana dresses and with the serious look on her face she looked like Rosana. Besides that, she had pig tails. Perhaps you have seen the picture or someone has seen it and noticed that there is that similarity.
There weren't any shorts to speak of outside of a five minute reel about a fly and a spider (animated cartoon) and then the main reel started. That meant we got out early --- quarter to nine --- so that if all goes well, I should be able to write all the letters I intend to write this evening.
Instead of writing letters at this moment, I should be worrying. Why? Well, something happened which you will be more than glad to hear about especially after reading my earlier letters of today in which I mentioned taking aspirins to kill the pain of the tooth. It so happened that when I went into the Medics just before the show and asked the Sgt for a box of aspirins, the dental technician, Heiser, was in the same room and he told the fellow not to give me any. He said that that fellow should have that tooth pulled instead of taking aspirins and right then and there they made an appointment for me to see the dentist tomorrow morning at ten o'clock! I got the aspirins anyhow just in case the tooth should bother me sometime before then.
Heiser was there at the last inspection of my teeth and he knows the deplorable state that they have once more fallen into after the perfection they had attained just prior to entering the Army and then again during my furlough. He knows that one had to be pulled and knows that this one will have to be pulled and, if my mouth is anything like all the other soldiers in the army, such a long neglect --- fourteen months --- in the tropics, there will be three or four other teeth that have just about reached the stage where it is no longer profitable to keep them in. The modern dentist does not go on the theory that a nerve can be taken out and the tooth filled the way Dr Cerny fixed mine for there is from that day on a danger of a tooth abscessing. Besides that I think Army dentist just do not have the time to spend doctoring up teeth to have nerves taken out when it is much easier to remove the tooth.
I've reached the stage that so long as he does not touch my front teeth, I don't care if he does pull them. What good has been the entire left side of my mouth for the past seven years with the exception of the year and a half after going to Dr Kolar? Prior to that and just recently once again, I have been deprived of the use of that side because of carious teeth. And then again, maybe a couple good front ones would look a lot better although I don't think I would care for the exchange for quite some time.
So-long, /s/ Roman Roman