Really dont have any news. Lois will keep you informed when I know the exact time Ill be home, and were my next assignment is. What Im writing about is to see if you know any people in Parkersburg named Criner.
Major H. S. Criner is at Taegu [Air Base], where I am visiting. This evening we started talking and It seemed that he knew a lot of people that we should know. In fact his grandmothers name was Smith – wasnt there a Smith in our family? [Yes] He knows Shepards – Buchanans – [did a quick check on Lt. Col. Harold Smith Criner, not related via Smiths.]
There are a lot of Davis & Smiths in his family.
Well it has been warmer the past few days. Perhaps the last few weeks of my stay here will be more pleasant. Anyhow it doesnt matter very much, just so I get to come home around 1 March.
I suppose you will be getting ready to go to Canada soon. Wish I could make it, but it seems that I just wont ever get a vacation in the summer. Maybe when I reture?
Hope you are all well. Give my regards to Aunt Doshie & Uncle Burch. Ill see you soon
Have been moving about quite a bit so I havent been able to write much. Letters to Lois have been rather light. As you probably know I was supposed to be in Korea, but have been sent for a period of temporary duty to Okinawa – Pen is not too good so excuse the scratches.
The way things are going, I should be back in Korea about 10 December. And I hope to get my christmas boxes there. It is medium warm here on Okinawa – about 50º to 70º with the wind blowing constantly. It was beginning to get cold in Korea – down to freezing quite a bit.
As you mentioned in your last letter, the boys are growing up and I will probably notice a big change in them. Sure miss the little rascals. [apparently his daughter is of no interest]
Im very sorry to hear that Bess is having so much trouble. I hope that she is finished with it now. She certainly has enough trouble as it is.
We are on maneuvers here in Okinawa and I’ve been living in a tent & sleeping bag
for the past week. There is about two more weeks to go.
So much work to do that I dont have much time to get homesick. But once in a while I do.
Flying is about normal. I finished my 2000th hour last month. I am assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron now and it is quite some outfit. The squadron insignia is a rooster with a pair of boxing gloves.
We almost caught the last typhoon but it died out just before getting here. Would have been rough on the equipment out in the open like we are.
Dont know just when I’ll get to write agian. But Ill try not to make it too long.
Take care of yourself & tell Dad hello for me
Its a good thing that you dont hold your breath until I write! But I do try to get in a few. By the time I write Lois & the kids I’m usually written out.
I have been flying a lot during the last few weeks. Nearly all in jets. Dont fly the C-47 much anymore.
It has been unbearably hot since the 1st of August. I cooled off a little yesterday, but it is back at it again today. We had a hurricane called “Grace” that tore up southern Japan several days ago. It just barely reached here with light winds, so may be it will change the weather.
Lois wrote that she and the kids had a fine time in Canada and a good trip home. I want to thank you again for giving them a vacation.
When do you plan to come back to Westerville? You may have told me, but I forget. Really, I guess the best time of the year is in the fall. I would enjoy it the most. Hunting
and fishing would certainly be better then.
Is everything going all right? I wonder if it is. I mean if you & Dad are both OK?
I dont have any real news, but I wanted to write a line. Havent had a letter from you for a while, but guess I owe you one.
Lois & the kids are undoubtedly on their way home by now. I just want to thank you for having them up. From what they wrote, I know they all enjoyed it.
Work has been pretty heavy again. I let up on the office work for the last part of July and did nothing but fly. When my jet training was finished & had to go back to the office. So Im about caught up now. Ill be flying part the time & pushing a pencil the rest. Id rather fly now.
By the news, Canada is the place to spend summer. The heat has certainly been terrific hasn’t it?
We have had it cool – only the last month it has been raining very heavy. – 6 inches in 5 hours several times.
There isnt very much news. I just wanted to write to let you know I was around. –
Its only about 6 months until I start home. Cant get finished soon enough to suit me, but I cant complain – I picked this business.
You wouldnt know a week ended. We are working right on, as it looks as if the weather would be good. Good flying weather is scarce in Korea during July & August, so we must make the best of it.
Lois writes me that she expects to start up about the 25th of this month. I hope they all have a good time.
Wish I could taste some of the lake trout now. Perhaps next year I can.
Getting a lot of flying time now. Will get about 25 jet hours & 10 conventional this month. Like the jets best. They sure fly easy.
Down to weight now and have stopped dieting — Im at 180# now and so help me Ill try not to get any heavier. Feel so much better when Im not fat.
Kenny — have you been catching any fish? And how about wild game? Is there any around? It has been so long since Ive been up there I have forgotten how it looks. Why dont you take some pictures?
You know I bought a .35mm projector the other day. It is a TDC with automatic slide changing – a beauty. So we dont have to borrow any more.
No real news so Ill close the letter. Wish you all good health and good fishing.
Very happy to hear from you. and also happy to hear that you are all well and having a good time.
Yes-I received the box of candy and thank you very much. It was sure tasty. [Hey Gramps aren’t you on a diet?]
By the time you get this – I will have about 7 more months to go. That isnt so long is it? Time is going by so fast now that I’m busy. I have all this office work I can do and I am learning jet fighters in my spare ? time. Should get 20 hours flying time in jets this month. Still instructing in the C-47 too so it keeps me humping.
You tell Kenny that he had better take time out to write me a good letter because Im his old man and I said for him to do it!
That cartoon of the boat reminds me of our little 12 footer & the 25
horsepower Johnson. The time has come to go to bed so Ill have to close. Have fun.
When you get this you will have had time to get settled. How have you found everything at the cottage? I suppose that you are eating some nice golden brown lake trout by now. What I wouldnt give for some right now.
Work is heavy here. Im trying to do my regular work, and get my jet schooling in too. Start flying them next week. Im happy about it because they are easier to fly, and faster too.
I have been watching my weight lately with the help of the Flight surgeon and weigh less than anytime since OCS in 1942. Im at 184 now, and have 6 more pounds to be to my proper weight of 178#. It feels so good to be where I should be.
Kenny dont you make the mistake I did and eat that little bit too much of fat & fried food I never watched it and was always about 30 pounds overweight. The Doc says a person is healthier when
they stay slim, and who wants to be unhealthy when they dont have to be?
I know I dont have to tell you to enjoy Canada, but dont overwork up there.
Ill try to write next week. Cant before then as I will be in an air-ground school which teaches us how to support the troops with our F-86’s. Ill be with the army for the next few days. (roughing it.) Well goodbye for now.
[I believe that Gramps is in Korea at the time he is writing these letters.]
27 May 1954
Dear Dick & Dad,
Received your letter of the 17th a few days ago. Im not much at writing outside the family. When I write Lois and each of the kids once in a while Im wrote out!
It sounds like everything will be going North in June, so this is the last letter Ill write to you at Park St. The address is Route 3, Thessalon Ont., isnt it?
I have been receiving the Sunday papers and they are sure welcome. I read every want add!
Had a touch of the flu for several days, but it is all cleared up by now. The next time I get to Tokyo I want to get some things and send them home. Ill send your present at that time. Ill try to get you something to wear but keep your fingers crossed.
The rain, real hard rain hasnt started yet. It is suppose to about now. Everything is green, the rice is about knee high. I have
a lot of pictures on the way home now, so when they get there you can see how some of the things look.
If Kenny goes north with you, he will have a good time, I know. I wish that there was a way for me to spend a little time up there. Just doesnt seem to work out.
Take care of yourselves. Ill write you in Canada.
P.S. The fudge was good, in case I didnt tell you- Everyone in the barracks liked it too (too much)
Received your letter yesterday. Even if I am out of ink, Ill write. Lois has probably kept you informed of what little news I have.
Work is not very heavy. When I get my files straightened out the way I like them I wont have too much to do. That is, unless I get another job too.
The time goes fast enough, as there is plenty to do. I seem to be getting 9-10 hours sleep every night & feel like a million. The food is very good. Weather is typical spring weather. In fact it is hot today.
I have met quite a few people I knew previously, but that is to be expected
expected. Ive been in the service almost 12 years now.
I suppose that you will be going to Canada soon. It will be time to fish in a few weeks!
When I get home next year it should be about April 1. If it isnt too cold I would like for Lois & I to go up for a week or 10 days. I cant remember when we have gone on a trip by outselves. Its our own fault I suppose because we were parents so young.
I hope that you & dad are feeing OK. Take it easy. Ill write gain sooner that you think! Not a year between letters any more!