November 27, 1947 William Shepard to parents

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Albrook Field
November 27, 1947

Dear Folks,

Everything has closed upon the field until tomorrow & perhaps until monday. If that is so, I wont get to Puerto Rico until next week some time. I expect to be re-assigned at Puerto Rio to some other island. The way housing is in Pannama I am thankful for that.

I am happy to hear that you are getting a new car soon, and I hope that you like your new house. I wonder how Herman likes his new job? I think that it is a step forward for him.

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I found out that Lois & the kids  & I can come home once each year for about a month with transportation furnished by the air force! That sounds good doesnt it? Panama is a beautiful place and you would go crazy here in the shops. Beautiful imported rugs, china, silver and all sorts of things. I cant make connections in time this year, but next year Ill send some home by flying them to the U.S. that way Ill get out of paying duty.

It rains every day & sometimes 3 or 4 times and we sleep without covers of any kind, but the things dont get musty or mouldy as they said.

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It is a jungle all around us but very very beautiful. All kinds of birds. I havent seen any snakes yet but they are here.

Fishing would wear a person out here. 40 & 50 pound fish arent anything at all. Fishing tackle is cheaper here than anyplace I have ever seen.

If I had a real good camera I could get shots that would be breathtaking I have never seen such picture material. But Lois has the camera. I didnt think to bring it.

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Lois and Sue were down at New Orleans for about a week. We had a wonderful time.

Well Ill close with a caution not to mail any Xmas presents to me. They will be screwed up something awful, Ive been so many places.

Your son,
Bill

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Ah…the tropics!

Right about now I am almost be temped to kill to get to a warm clime. The weather lately has been crazy cold. Winter has definitely not been shy about letting itself be felt this season.

So to bring warm thoughts I am posting this fun document for my mother. It is a passenger list of her and her siblings along with her mother arriving in New York from Puerto Rico in 1950.

Margaret Shepard is my mother in this passenger list, her mother is Lois. You can see that David, the youngest, was born in Puerto Rico. The image is from Ancestry.com [Year: 1950; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 7812; Line: 10; Page Number: 94].