“The other day, I ran across a book on how to read blueprints, and since I’ve always wanted to be able to read a blueprint, I read the book. It was more or less of a schoolbook with drawings and problems, which I enjoyed. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to read a print.” … More A Few Hints at the Post-War Career Babe Never Had?
The long hospital stay continues; Babe sounds like he’s being treated well, especially by family and friends who have continued to send packages. … More ‘As for Writing to Any Civilians in Italy, It Is Definitely Out’
Babe was able to spin out a decent letter, in spite of suffering from the boredom of a long hospital stay after his injury. ” There is a movie in the hospital which plays three times a week. The rest of my time is spent either thinking or reading at a ratio of three to one.” … More Facing the Monotony of Hospital Life after Babe’s Injury
We are five paragraphs into this letter before Babe bothers to mention receiving his medal. First, food and a pen-and-pencil set were more pressing issues. … More ‘I Got My Purple Heart Today’
Babe hurried out this quick letter in hopes that the news would reach his parents this way before the War Department telegram got there. … More ‘I Have Been Slightly Wounded in the Right Fifth Toe’