Transcribed by James Fox, August 2004|
from the Deposit-Coach Fox WW2 Letters Collection
Midshipman Herman W. Beagle (letter 1/2)
Deposit H.S. Class of 1940
U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School
New York, NY
11 July '44
I believe that it is about time that I thank you for the wonderful letter you put out for us boys. It really is better and gives us more news that the town paper does.
I have seen two branches of the service in a year - I have been transferred to the Navy along with 500 other Marines in the U.S. , for a commission - and if all goes well I'll receive it very early in August.
The work here is hard, but interesting and covers a wide field. I also have much praise for Columbia University - (where our school is.). As for the rest of N.Y. city - well, I'll take good old Deposit any time.
There really isn't much to write. I will be glad to get home, - along with millions of other boys, - and to see all the good changes that have been taking place.
I look forward to your next letter Coach-
Ensign Herman W. Beagle (letter 2/2)
10 Jan '45
It was good to hear from you again. Your letter came as sort of a Christmas present. There really isn't much to say - I was lucky and able to fly home for a very few days over Christmas. Would like to have dropped in to see you - but you know how it is when a fellow is home on leave don't you? - Especially a short one. One can't just do all he would like to.
If you know exactly where any of the fellows are down this way I sure would appreciate the info where they are. I sure come a lot of earth (under water). Perhaps I'll bump into some of them yet.
There really isn't much to write. I enjoy the Navy life and am thinking very much of staying in. Especially if the promotions keep on coming this way. -!-
P.S. Note change of address, since Nov. 16. - Will get your letters quicker. Thanks HB