Nov. 6, 1944

My Darling:

We are now in the largest floating dry-dock in the world. I just cannot see how it manages to pick us up.

West Virginia in floating drydock, ABSD-1, 1944

When we were in the Phliippines, we went so close to the beach we ran aground and it bent the ends of our screws.

The SEA-BEES, are sure doing a great job. They are also fixing up the ship.

Well, I went on Liberty today. We had two choioes on where to go. One- to go the the main island and go sight-seeing or two- to go to the small island. and go swimming and get 2 cans of beer. Well, I went sight-seeing and it turned out pretty good. We rode around for 4 hours. I only saw 1 white woman and there were about 6 officers with her. We saw some natives. They looked like natives too. The older ones looked like all their teeth were going to fall out.

Natives of Espirito Santo

Some of the guys bought some shells and bracelets. There was nothing there worth while. The only kind of money talk was one dollar bills.

We ate lots of coconuts.

The islands were nothing like I expected, I’ll tell you that.