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[[preprinted letterhead]] United States Marine Corps [[/preprinted letterhead]] March 11, 1949 Dear Philip Believe me when I say Im sorry about not writing sooner. I was more than pleased to receive your letter. I received it about a week ago and could not answer it. I did not do what you said I mean about tearing up your letter. Being on ship was a wonderfull experience the day where sort and the nights long. I use to sit on the back of the ship and let the [[strikethrough]] b [[/strikethrough]] wind go through my hair and look up at the star. It was wonderful to be allong with my dream and hopes of the coming years. Right now Im in Puerto Rico and the weather sure is hot, I have a wonderful suntan. We expect to be home before Easter and Im planing on coming home that weekend, but like always I'm not sure. I am glad you like the picture
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