Hey Vic....These postal items are intriguing. Wonder what a Heavy Cruiser would be doing frequenting Mariveles? You would think that a big fleet Man of War would do business at Cavite or more likely, Subic. I, initially, thought that she might just have sent a launch into Mariveles to drop mail while she awaited her turn to go thru the mine fields, but these letters are sporting two different dates. I can't imagine giving crewmen liberty in Mariveles rather than Olongapo or the "dives" of Manila. I love these little mysteries.
Hey Vic....These letters have me, as small matters usually do, "bugged". I checked my book, "Ghost Ship", a great workup on the USS Houston and its' ultimate fate, going down with the Aussie Cruiser, HMAS Perth, near Java. This book gives a short run down of the Houston's activities in the months leading up to the outbreak of hostilities and Mariveles is never mentioned, as is Cavite being noted as her mooring location when in Manila Bay. This, certainly isn't important, but you are well aware how these unimportant, little details, literally "run me up a tree". If she did tie up or drop anchor off Mariveles, I could see where such an event wasn't worth being noted in this excellent book. Thanks for posting this material. It will hasten my eventual admittance to our Regional Mental Institution. Cheers.