Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy

 Military Letters, WWII

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

Restored   Thursday, March 04, 2010 

  Young Soldier writes his parents from Pearl Harbor    1945

   Art Porterfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Porterfield of Lyman, who was inducted into military service about a year ago, writes a letter from Pearl Harbor under date of July 25th as follows:
    This will probably be the last time I'll write from here. You probably will shoot me for this, but there was a call for three volunteers for sea service and I signed up.
    Yes, I reckon I'm a sap. Here was darn good duty. If I'd stayed here I'd have made rate and I could stay for two years and be safer than in bed at home. But I don't know if I can explain it, but I had to get out there. I didn't join the navy for this.
    That lamp I made from an enemy shell more than a foot long is going with me if I have to throw other things away to make room. I'll have to get it chromed when I get back to the states
    I'll probably get home sooner if I'm aboard ship so you'll forgive me for going out, won't you? It's going to be rugged dirts, I know. If I go out on a big ship I'll perhaps be a laundry stricker, if things work out.
    I'll send my new address as soon as possible. If there comes a time when you don't hear very often, don't worry, I'll be alright. It will just be that we don't hit mail ships very often. Boy, I'm all excited about it.
     Maybe I'll run onto Dick LeClerc's  ship, I don't know. I may not make 3-1/c yet, but I passed the finals. If they get it on my records before I'm gone, I'm ok.
    Well, keep then home fires burning and write me about the harvest.   



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