Letters to my Dad
September 1951 - May 1955
Regular readers of our HELENA web page know that your author was one big "Pack Rat" while serving on the USS Helena CA-75. I took much kidding back then for sending all that "stuff" to my Dad. (Plans of the Day; pamplets produced by the Helena; special orders and a host of other items). After over 50 years, I am glad I did.
To my surprise, shortly after I was released from the Navy, my Dad gave me a box filled with all the letters I wrote him, starting while I was in "Boot Camp" up to my release in 1955. Selected letters and parts of other letters are reproduced here.
We all can take many walks down memory lane because my Dad saved these things.
Some are complete, while others are excerpts. Readers will see through my young eyes what I experienced in boot camp, and later on board the USS Helena CA-75. Some letters will include stationary logo I used at the time a letter was written. For clarity, some editing was needed. Miss-spelled words remain as I wrote back then. To read a letter, click on any date below.