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.
I thought it might be a nice time to step back and take a look at some of the people we've met in the course of telling Babe's story. Here's a link back to my early post introducing the characters in the beginning.
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.
Plus: "I saw the picture 'Cover Girl' the other night, and I thought it was pretty good. I also saw 'Bathing Beauty,' which also was a fair picture."
"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."