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March 28, 1945

Letters from Theodore Katz

man in top hat standing near a road and vehicle

The snapshot of Ted in his "high hat" mentioned in this letter

March 28, 1945

Dearest Helen,

I’ve received so much mail from you in the last few days that I am slightly bewildered as where to begin my reply, so I’ll start at the beginning. The dates range from March 2nd to the 15th, so arranging the letters in chronological order I will now begin. Here’s the one with the pictures (I’ve already told how nice you look in the V-mail I sent last night. But I know you won’t mind if I say it again). In your letter I notice a few remarks about the pictures all preceded by the word “Note:-“ hat, weather, and what’s this – hm-m-m – no girdle – so I take out the picture and study it real close (Absent-minded, I turn it over) – but I honestly can’t tell whether or not – after all a picture can never replace the real thing. But anyway it’s wonderful.

Mystery of the band picture is now cleared up – here’s another one to take its place – and in case Art sends the original back to you, you can send it back to my folks. Here’s an intention to make a deposit at the blood bank. Well, my pet, - in answer to this I say we are making enough contribution to the war effort and though as you say – it wouldn’t cause you any harm – I say no – a large veto. Suppose I walked in the day after and you were still without all that vim & vigor. You see I’m looking ahead. As I read, - I see that my mail has been pouring in to you and you sound so happy. You’ve received the pictures (high hat) – Hm-m – here’s something about an overnight ride on the Pullman – a must – O.K. but you know how sticky train windows are.

Now I come to a long, serious letter about the future – wherein you propose plans in the advent that my service in the Army continues for a long period after the cessation of hostilities. Your letter is all-inclusive, concise and to the point – and I agree with what you say. The idea of waiting another three years before we can be married is not a pleasant prospect – and that’s what it adds up to if events follow the one extreme that you point out. If the war is over soon in this theater and I return in a reasonable length of time and the prospects point to my remaining in the States until the Pacific war is over, I don’t see how we could keep from getting married – no matter what plans we had made before – because we both feel that we should be married at the earliest possible moment. I also agree that in case my stay in the States will be only short one before being shipped to the Pacific – we will wait, because I feel as you, that it would be worse to be separated after only being married a month or two. God, it’s bad enough as it is (I’m trying to write this with a radio blasting my ears, two guys arguing, another writing at my side asking me how to spell words – another trying to tell me his troubles) – I want you to be my wife and though I’d prefer to start our life together as a civilian, we can do it while I’m in the Army, too. No matter what, I know we’re going to be happier than we ever dreamed – I have no fears for the future. You’ll be Mrs. Ted Katz as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

Next I find that you’re planning on visiting the folks in April. I don’t want you to feel that there is anything strange or unusual about the trip. They want you to come very much and they think so much of you now, I honestly don’t think they’ll let you leave once they see you. All this admiration they have for you, Helen, stems mainly from yourself, from your correspondence and telephone conversations – though my mother (with a true mother’s pride) – says that the girl I pick is bound to be wonderful. I haven’t told them everything about you because it’s impossible for me to describe you the way I’d like in a letter or in words – but I remember that way back on my last furlough – let’s see that was in Oct. ’43 – when I spoke to them about you and showed them your picture, they gave each other  knowing glances and knew something was up, because I never was very communicative in the matter of girls, - on who I went out with – and this was the first time it had ever happened.

As I keep reading, I see that the mail is pouring in from me – how much you miss me. You have a beautiful way of telling me these things. You say “nothing new on the Apt situation” but a letter of March 18th that Jack received from Edith says that you girls have found a place – so I’m waiting to hear from you. Today I received the letter which you received in response to the ad you placed in the Star. Got a big laugh out of it, very frank wasn’t he? Also – today I received a wonderful letter from your folks – and also a cable from you saying that you haven’t been receiving my mail and that you’re worried. A surprise, because in all these letters I’ve been receiving you’ve been so happy that the mail has been coming through. They must have stopped short. So fortunately, I am now in a position to get a cable off to you immediately and it’s going out tomorrow morning.

Time to say goodnight – until tomorrow.

All my love,

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