Edgar Rice Burroughs
Honolulu 42 Hawaii
October 13, 1944
For no particular reason, I take two of my fingers in hand to
The front page news of today is that one hundred and eleven
(111) years ago your Grandfather Burroughs was born in Warren,
Massachusetts, October 13 1833. He died thirteen days
you were born.
I just dug out a genealogical datum that may interest you:
average age at death of eighteen of your ancestors (and mine)
eighty-one years. The youngest died at sixty-nine, the
at ninety-three. These were the only ancestors the dates
whose births and deaths I have.
Hulbert said he might be in yesterday, but as he didn't show
by 4:15 P.M., I gave him up and accepted an invitation to a
tail party being given by Lt. Col. Wolfe, Flight Surgeon of
7th Bomber Command, with whom I became very well acquainted
Tarawa and Kwajalein. The Colonel's party ended up at
being given by Army Flight Nurses at Hickam Field, where the
onel is temporarily quartered on his way back to the front.
was quite some party. I really didn't see much of it,
as I spent
most of the evening writing my name on things, principally Short
Snorter bills. My Short Snorter collection has now grown, through
no effort on my part, to a length of 4 ft. 4 1/2 inches.
But if I
didn't see much of the party, I drank quite a lot of it.
girls must have been saving up their liquor rations for quite
I spent the night at the Colonel's quarters and got back to the
hotel for breakfast. It is no fun driving between Hickam
Honolulu at night; so when I go out there, I usually stay all
Am enclosing a clipping that amused me. I think it may amuse
Phil Bird phoned to say tha t he is calling for me at 1:30 and
that we are going over to the other side of the Island.
know why nor where, and I didn't ask. Phil is a captain
staff of my very good friend Colonel Kendall J. Fielder, A.C.
S., G-2, USAFPOA. I hope that some day you can meet both
Now I gotta go back to the hotel and get into my uniform.
wear it when I'm likely to go onto a military reservation; be-
cause I am so goddam old that everybody takes me either for
or a major general and salutes me. It is rabarrassing.