May 29, 1968.  Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia.

These are the two pages I lost out of my last letter, so I’ll send them now.

2:00pm Wed. 29 May.

Dearest Rita,

I just heard “Silence is Golden” on the radio, and all of a sudden I’m lonely as hell.  I just had to write you, although I just dropped a letter in the mail box five minutes ago.  Honey, I miss you something awful, and I’d give anything to be with you now.  I love you so damn much.

Right now Gary Lewis and The Playboys are singing “Sealed with a Kiss.”  Those kind of songs are hard on a guy.  They bring back so many memories I don’t believe it.  It’s times like this I hate the Army with a passion.

Well, on to more cheerful subjects, like your ring.  How does it feel to have that stone on your finger?  I’d give anything to be there to see it.  We are now officially engaged.  That feels great from this end.  I hope you feel the same, ’cause it’s great!

Honey, when I wrote my folks and told them about my plans to give you the ring now, I think they got just as excited about it as I am.  They really think a lot of you, and I don’t think they could be happier with my choice of a wife.  They know how much I love you, because I told them, and they’re behind us all the way.  Your mom said the same thing in the letter she sent me, so we’ve got it made honey.  This means a lot to me, and I know it does to you too.

I’m feeling better already, just writing to you.  I’ve got a bunch of pictures of you sitting beside me, and everyone keeps coming over and saying how sharp you are.  Makes me feel great.  I guess I’ve just got good taste or something, huh?

Gotta go now — add more later.

Your fiancé,

Jeff

The way these letters are going I’m thinking about re-adding “Gushing Young Love” back to the blog subtitle.

This letter was written before the previous one, though it was (according to the text) mailed later.

The link from “Sealed with a Kiss” is not to Gary Lewis and the Playboys because the only audio available was terrible.  This one goes to a Brian Hyland version.

Ethan

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