Her Words

First Bee-mail letter

Date: May 9,1943

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"The eagerness with which your letters have been received by those of us who are left here leads me to think that I might be able to help you keep in closer touch with one another."

Mrs. Brown

"Old PC Man":

You don't know it, but I have let you down. It was my honest intention to write to every PC service man, whose address I know, on Mother's Day and give you the news of your "Alma Mama," as Andy (a character from the famous series Amos and Andy) would say.

On Sunday morning, however, a toothache was giving me such a variety of fits that I forgot all my good intentions and now it's the day after and not a word have I written to any of you.

For some time now I have been turning over in my mind the thought that you might welcome a general news letter, at regular intervals. If you like the idea and will let me know the news about yourself and others whose addresses you might know, I shall try to pass the information on. The eagerness with which your letters have been received by those of us who are left here leads me to think that I might be able to help you keep in closer touch with one another. I await with interest your response to this, my first attempt.

As you probably know, PC now has a unit of 400 pre-flighters. The first 80 to complete the training here left last Saturday and they will be replaced today by 80 others. It was an impressive ceremony Saturday morning when the 320 men formed a line, which reached the entire length of the plaza, and sang to the 80 graduates as they marched by, on their way to the station.

I hope that you will let me hear from you. Ask me questions and I'll do my best to answer them.' With the least bit of encouragement I'll tell you a lot of things.

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