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MacArthur's Letters to Jean During World War II

January 8, 1945 - U.S.S. Nashville
Dearest Jeannie

Tomorrow we land and I am dropping you this line to try and get it off by a plane flying back the first dispatches from the beach. The trip has been an uneventful one and I will be glad when it is over. I am in good fettle and hope to do my part tomorrow and in the days that follow. I enclose the copy of a letter I am writing to the President in reply to his note to me. I thought it advisable to maintain the correspondence for the present. The weather promises to be good following a typhoon at Leyte day before yesterday which for a moment looked serious for us. Tell Arthur that we have more than six hundred ships and that as far as he can see in all directions there are nothing but ships. Tell him at night we close all the doors and windows so that the Japanese can't see a single light and don't know where we are. Tell him I have his picture and his mothers right in front of me on my desk. I guess you are pretty well started on the packing now and will be glad when we can once again unpack everything. With all love and devotion to you both. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow when I go in.

Sir Boss

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