Tuesday Nite. July-7th 1943. Dearest Emma: I will answer your most [illegibale] letter I received a couple days back was real happy too hear from you & to find out everyone is getting along fine and you'd better quit working outside like you said you were for there's such a thing as one over doing themselves. I heard from Alton today, I don't understand him he said he wrote you to send me the watch & he was sure it was on the way. He's making $50 a mo. & far as I know he hasn't sent any money home but I guess it takes all of his cash too see his girl friend & keep up with what he has to. I'm not bragging on myself but I have to keep my insurance up &pressing of my clothes & a few little odds & ins, I sent Mother & Dad between eleven & twelve hundred dollars, & now have an alottment which will take care of them, the Government pays so much & I pay twenty two dollars a mo. out of my wages. maybe I can have a little to start out on when I return, we hope don't we. I guess Grandma likes to keep you two daughters for company. I know they would be good [company]. now listen don't ever think I wouldn't love to get back there & see all of you good people. I can't understand why they can't give a person a leave once in a blue moon but maybe one day they will. Erma, I'll send you a snapshot of myself, so if you think its any good you can frame it. [illegible] if you do send the watch & al doesn't pay you tell Mom to give it to you & send to an P.O.S.