Mom and I were going through old photos and whatnot this evening and I came across the drawing above. This drawing was done by my dad and decorated the envelope of the first uncensored letter that he sent home to his parents. The postmark is September 2, 1945. In the letter he relates the jubilant atmosphere aboard ship with both radio and jukebox blaring simultaneously, the rumors of the voyage back to the states, and the anticipation of going ashore in Japan the next morning after 66 consecutive days at sea with no anchorage. He also mentioned that the bugler was so ecstatic that when he played reveille that morning, he put a little swing into it and was immediately thrown into the brig! My dad was an original crew member of the USS Alabama, thus a plank owner. He served on the Alabama as Chief Fire Controlman.
As a kid, I was always in awe of the little envelope drawing. Kinda still am.