Message from a Soldier- Howard Gitlen

I found this postcard at the Allentown Paper Show. I already have it, but I liked the message and drawing on the back.

“Hi ‘Good Lookin’ Well! You can expect the war over in 3 months, you see, I’m in the Navy.” Howard proceeded to draw a picture of himself smiling with hair in a before picture and bald and frowning with “skin head” written next to it in the after picture.

The card was mailed on August 8, 1944 to Pearl Hawley in West Hartford, Connecticut. Howard’s estimate of the war being over in 3 months was only off by a little less than a year!

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9 Responses to Message from a Soldier- Howard Gitlen

  1. ndjmom says:

    Very cool! What a neat find.

  2. Mandy says:

    Ha, I like the little drawing.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Lol. That’s actually my Grandfather.

    • moore5145 says:

      I would love to know more info about him!

      • Jonathan says:

        Sure. What would you like to know?

      • moore5145 says:

        Whatever you know. Where did he travel, did he ever talk about the war with you, etc. He seems like a character based on the message that he wrote and the drawing!

      • Jonathan says:

        Well, first off, he’s still alive, and his handwriting is just as terrible now as it was then. He lives in Southern California. When he wrote the card, he was 18 and had just joined up with the Navy. I asked him about “Pearl Hawley.” He remembered her, but said that she was just a high school friend. He said that he was bored waiting to be deployed and was writing to everyone.

        He ended up being sent to Espiritu Santos (now Vanuatu) and ultimately New Caledonia in the South Pacific. At the end of the war, he returned to West Hartford, Conn., and was a businessman.

      • moore5145 says:

        That’s so cool, thanks for the info! This card is one of my favorites because of the drawing!

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