Today was another of those hot ones. Late this afternoon it was sultry and looked as if we would have a storm but none came. During the night however, one came up and we had a heavy rain.
Tuesday. July 7, 1942
Clear and Cloudy Weather
It was cloudy this morning and rained a little. I went by Mama’s this morning and carried Carole Anne to spend the day with her. Ruth and her baby are there this week. I took Pocahontas down to the old home and I went by Aunt May’s to see if she wanted any more Muscovy Duck eggs. One of my ducks has laid twenty eight and it is more than she can possibly cover. This afternoon I took Leone to the Doctor and on the way back picked up Pocahontas walking to Mama’s to meet me and kept on and got Carole Anne. Mama gave us some milk.
Wednesday, July 8, 1942
It hasn’t been so hot today. It clouded up this morning then cleared and clouded again this afternoon but no rain. For the last two weeks or so we have had sufficient rain fall. I made some calls today. With the tire and gas situation what it is I feel that as far as my present job goes my time is being wasted- and the Company’s money.
Charlie (my brother) and I go on watch at midnight.
Thursday, July 9, 1942
I’ve been in Gloucester for a good portion of the day.
Friday, July 10, 1942
Today I have worked around the County. I went this afternoon to Mrs. Ernest Harrison’s to collect insurance. Mrs. Harrison’s husband was lost at sea some time ago. She was left with three sons between the ages of four and fourteen. The two older boys work during the summer crabbing and do very well. Their mother helps by making crab pots for them. Up to now she has made six rolls of wires into pots. Thus another woman takes the place of her “man” when he gives his life for his Country. I took Leone to the Doctor this afternoon.
Saturday, July 11, 1942
This morning I went around Mobjack. On the way back I stopped by Mrs. Pearl Albertson’s to fill in a death certificate on her son Wallace late of the United States Navy who was lost in the Battle of Java. Mrs. Albertson is very brave I think. She said that sometimes she had faint hope that he was alive somewhere but that she had given him up as she had, she felt, no real reason to hope. It was strengthening to me to see this woman’s calm courage. Tonight Leone, Carole Anne and I went to Mama’s for a little while.
Sunday, July 12, 1942
We had a good crown out for Sunday School this morning. There were more than one hundred and eighty present. We also had preaching service following the Sunday School hour. I went to Mama’s for dinner.
Four more Mathew’s men are reported lost today: Captain Melvin Callis whose wife is Leone’s father’s cousin. Howard Morris third officer, Terry Collier, ships carpenter all from Gwynn’s Island and Robert Belvin, boatswains’ mate from Port Haywood. I wish it were possible for me to pen an adequate tribute to these and all those other men who have given their lives that I and all free men might live free. I feel so useless, my life so inadequate when I think of the little that I am doing.