"We are eagerly looking forward to your coming home. I would give my bottom dollar to be at your graduation exercises but transportation being like it is I might not get there. I have heard of several cases where people had to be put off at out of the way places and wait for a few days before the train could take them on again. Anyhow I want you to accept our congratulations and I am enclosing a $10 bill as a graduation gift."
-- Letter from my grandmother, Bloomington, Kans., to my father, Notre Dame, Ind.,October 22, 1944. My father was set to graduate from midshipmen's school and to be commissioned as an officer.