Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy

 Military Letters, WWII

As found in old newsletters.
Transcribed by barbara stallman-speck

Restored   Thursday, March 04, 2010  

  Manvil Lien writes from overseas                                             Feb. 10, 1945

Dear Hoog:
This is the first time I have written to you  and I'm sorry I have not thanked you for the paper I am getting. The papers you send me are just like getting letters from home. No kidding.

I have been away from good old Kennebec for two years and 18 months of that time I have spent overseas and I think I'll have to spend 12 more over here. During that time I worked six months with the South Pacific Daily News office in New Caledonia.

I have seen action on Guam. The rest of the time I have been on several other islands which I can't tell. The Island I am on now is alright after we built our camp up. It was a lot of work though.

I left Donald Armstrong at New Caledonia and haven't seen him since. All the time I've been in the service I haven't seen anybody from home. I very seldom see a white woman and when I do they are Red Cross women and nurses.

I am a clerk for our company now. I help another clerk here in the office. I had a good suntan before I came into this office, but now I'm losing it. The sun is sure hot and it never gets cold. It rains when you are not expecting it and you can get wet every time you turn around. I sure would like to see some of that South Dakota snow for a change.

Well, before I close I'll tell you that I am fine and hope to stay that way.





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