Babe responds to a letter from his older brother Vin, who is apparently serving on a transport ship. Vin served in either the Merchant Marine or the Navy; I can't remember. It is increasingly poignant to read these references to Babe's time after the war. Plus, it's nearly mid-January and he's still in the hospital.
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.
Babe seems a little put out by something his parents had heard. Did they get bad information suggesting he should be discharged after 18 months in the service? "I don't care who told you about or where you read it why. Don't believe it."
Plus: "If my typewriter gets home at all it should be pretty soon because one of the fellows here sent home an accordion just before I sent the 'writer and it arrived in Colorado about a month ago."
"I don't see how they get people to see (Mickey Rooney) play in the same picture every time under a different title. All of those pictures are alike and they don't appeal to me in the least anymore."