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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dear April 13, 1944 through June 28, 1944

Free mail
Censored April 13, 1944
Dear Jean,
Received your letter number 93.
You can't tell, Dom may be able to see your brother Frank. It doesn't take much time to travel from one end of the country to the other. Lets hope he succeeds.
I took some pictures yesterday and brought them to be developed. The store-keeper said they should be ready in three weeks, which means that you will get them in five weeks.(if they pass the censor.)
Is the baby really learning to talk or is she merely making guttural sounds.
Its too bad about your school-mate. If the army thinks the other type of chute is better. Rest assured they will use it.
I went to town yesterday and visited an old but famous Abbey, to be exact its 821 years old, it used to be a Benedictine monastery until King Henry VIII began suppressing the Catholics. He was going to knock it down but the people of the town petitioned him not to, which was granted upon the payment of 543 pounds.($2,172.00) It is not Catholic anymore. I'm not permitted to mention the name of the abbey. it's a beautiful place, built it seems to last forever.
I haven't much time left, as we are getting ready to go to chow, and I don't want to miss it.
Give my love to all.
Your loving husband
Vmail April 18, 1944
Censored England
Dear Jean,
Sorry I can't write as often as I was able to.
Don't worry about me as I am getting along fine.
Roy received a package from your mother, he was surprised but delighted, said he is going to write a note of thanks.
How is everything at home? Did you receive the baby's gift, also the twenty dollars I sent?
Give my love to all
Your loving husband
Free mail England
Censored April 24, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Sorry I haven't been able to write as often as I would have liked to. I hope you understand.
Well, I received ten letters yesterday, three were from you, the others from various people. I wish you would explain to them that I may not be able to answer them as promptly as I have done in the past.
I finally attended a Masonic lodge meeting in this country. It was an impressive sight, one that I shall never forget. I met some of the elite of England. One of them was General Sir Francis Davis of the World War #1. Some one told me that he is a cousin of the royal family.
They also had a wonderful dinner set up around a horse-shoe table, incidentally if I had stayed for dinner, I would have been called upon to make an after dinner speech. As it was I left rather than stay for dimmer. I found out later that I should have remained as. They may have been offended by my departure.
I expect to attend another meeting when I get the chance. Another point, they don't have Eastern Stars in this country.
Everything is going fine here, so don't worry about me. There isn't much I can tell you about my work nor of myself.
Take good care of yourself and the baby and give my best wishes to Mom, Dad Joey and all my other friends.
I still think this war will end before Christmas.
Your loving husband
Censored April 27, 1944
Dearest Jean, ENGLAND
I received your package containing the candy and films. Thanks a million.
I have so many letters to answer that I doubt very much I a shall have time to do so. I wish you would explain this to anyone who complains that I'm not answering their letters.
The weather here is beautiful, warm in the daytime and cold at nights.
I have been doing quite a bit of night driving, ( in the line of duty of course) at the start it was quite difficult, but am now getting accustomed to it. Will explain shortly in a blue envelope.
Give my love to everyone
Your loving husband.
Free mail April 27, 1944
Censored England
Dearest Jean,
Have been receiving your mail quite regularly. The latest one was dated April 17, I am sorry if I have caused you to worry about me, there really is no reason to worry. I believe I have warned you that the time may come when I would not be able to write as often. We are kept very busy therefore have less time to write.
Did you finally go and see 'Desert Song'. Hope you were not disappointed as you were with the opera.
Wish I were home to see the baby in her new clothes, bet she looks cute.
Yep, when I get home we'll all go on a picnic, Mom, Pop Joey, Frank, Larry, Helen and baby Lucille. The time isn't far off neither.
By the way, did you ever receive the gift and money order which I sent. You haven't made mention of it in your letters. Hope they didn't get lost.
Well the Jerries disturbed our slumber again, its nothing though compared to our first seargent, he's always disrupting our sleep. We have more trouble with him, than with the Jerries.
As usual everything going along fine, hope to hear the same from you,
Those pictures I took should be ready to-morrow, soon as I go to town will pick them up and send them to you.
Nothing more to say except to give my love to all, and sincerely hope we'll be seeing each other soon.
Your loving husband
P.S. Don't send me any sugar as you suggested. Thanks!
Vmail April 29, 1944
Censored Jolly England
Dearest jean,
Sorry but I haven't had a chance to pick up the films which I sent to be developed. I know you are anxious to receive them.
The reason my letters are not blacked out is because I do my own censoring. I may miss up some times.
Gosh, its awfully hard to try and write a letter to say something and yet say nothing. I hope you realize the position we are in.
I am anxiously awaiting the end the this mess, so I won't have to worry about writing censored letters.
Give my love to your folks be seeing you all soon.
CHEERIO! Your loving husband
Free mail May 1, 1944
Blue envelope England
Dearest Jean,
Received two of your letters to-day telling of Danny's arrival. I'm sure glad he got home safely.
I wish both of you would get to-gether and stop squabbling. Another thing can't you leave Larry and Connie alone, let them work out their own destiny.
That poem was not written by me, but by another soldier and as it expressed my sentiments I decided to send it on to you. Hope you don't mind.
Most of the soldiers here wear black ties, except the rookies, in time they too change over.
I'm surprised to hear that you haven't received my second package, and the money order hope they weren't lost.
I believe I am getting to be some-what English, not enough so you can notice it anyway.
The less said about air-raids the better, we do get mad when we have to jump out of bed and get dressed in a hurry.
The meaning of E.T.O. of it passes the censors is European Theatre of Operations.
Too bad my cousin Jim is heading the opposite way, thought maybe I'd get a chance to see him. May not see him for quite awhile now.
Your second letter sounds much more cheerful, hope you two remain that way.
Hope Dan would get married and settle down, I think it's about time.
So Charlie Acito is on his way home, don't know whether to call him lucky or not, he may be wounded. Say what do you call this, everyone coming home but me. I guess I'll have to stay till Christmas.
Tell my Aunt and Uncle and Sonny and Angie that I miss them too, matter of fact I miss all of you.
Well I had a talk with my lieutenant, it seems as if I was doing work which called for a sargents rating, matter of fact my name was suggested twice for this rating, but it was always given to some one else whom they thought deserved it more than I. By this action I was convinced that I could never get a rating in this company, I told my lieutenant this, and he said he was sorry that I felt this way.
In any event I learned how to operate five different type of cranes, also how to drive one of those large trailers. Since I could not get the rating which my job called for, I requested that I be put on as a truck-driver. My argument being that that kind of work called foe a Pfc rating. My request was granted.
I feel much better now, because I know that no one is going to get the credit which was due me.
Guess I will just sit back and wait for this war to end, knowing that I will never go higher than a Pfc.
Everything is going along fine now, so don't worry. Did you tell Danny where I am? Remember those pictures I sent of the King and Queen, and the others with them.
Give my love to your Mom and Dad, Joey and the baby, hope to be seeing you all very soon.
Your loving husband
Vmail May 6, 1944
Censored England
Dearest Jean,
You may expect a blue envelope shortly after you receive this.
Glad you liked the gift, the ring was a present from one of Mrs. Massini's friends. You should be receiving the money order soon..
You may not hear from me for awhile, due to conditions beyond my control.
Sure was glad to get that advice from Frank, I'll be needing it.
Remember me to Danny and give my love to all.
Your loving husband
Blue envelope England
Free mail May 6, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Glad to hear that you finally received the second package which I sent, pleased also to hear that you liked it. It really wasn't much, but it was the only thing obtainable.
In reference to Cassino, you people back in the States know more about it than we know. We really haven't much information, all we do is guess.
Don't you go getting yourself in trouble just to send me a package, I will write and let you know if I need anything.
I've a feeling that Ann will be all-right, Gus will probably get the right doctor for her.
I don't think Larry will be peeved at me, maybe I was wring, I didn't realize the strain he was under.
Tell the Addabbo's I said Thanks, for the gift.
I'm afraid Jean that I will not be able to contact Sam or Frank Tasso, or anyone else, due to conditions beyond my control. Hope you understand, if you don't I'm sure they will.
I'm sending you some pictures taken by your camera, there's only two of me, the rest are friends. Everyone keeps begging me to take their picture and I hate to turn them down. Next time I will have more pictures of myself taken. I still have ten rolls of film left.
Gosh the letters keep pouring in , and I can't find time to answer them, I hope they don't stop writing on that account. Remember what I had told you in my previous letters, if you don't hear from me not to worry.
I am going to follow your brother Frank's advice to the letter, and everything will be all-right. I'm sure of that.
I just wish I could have another look at my wife and baby. It would help a lot.
You may expect a package from me containing personal effects which I don't need anymore.
And please don't ask me any questions until I let you know. You understand don't you.
Jean I love you and the baby more than anything else in the world.
Give my love to Mom, Dad and Joey.
Your loving husband
Vmail May 7, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Everything going along fine, will write you as soon as possible. Take good care if the baby and yourself.
Give my love to Mom, Pop and Joey.
Don't worry I'll be O.K.
Your loving husband
Somewhere somewhere somewhere somewhere somewhere somewhere somewhere
Vmail May 10, 1944
Censored Somewhere
Dearest Jean,
Received your hundred and eighteenth letter, gosh its been a long time since the first. It can't last much longer, honest it can't.
I wish I could make myself clear about Mrs. Masini's friends you all seem to misunderstand me. I can't contact them at all. You see it's against regulations.
IF I were home I would give the baby a food spanking when she goes into a rage, (like hell I would) and you'd better not spank her neither. I'm only joking Jean, you do what you think best ,you've done a swell job so far, keep it up.
Its nice to hear about Pete and Ade, glad they come over to see you.
Nothing to say about my new Apo#.
Give my love to everyone.
Vmail May 24, 1944
Free mail Somewhere
My dearest wife,
Just a brief letter to let you know that I am in the best of health, and that I hope to heat the same from all of you.
I received a letter from Frank a while ago and have answered him, have not heard from Larry yet.
Please explain to my friends why they are not hearing from me. There may be a few who won't understand.
Sorry my letter is so abstract but it can't be helped, will follow up with an envelope letter. Don't worry as I am O.K. Give my love to all, especially the baby.
VICTORY SOON! Your loving Sal.
Free mail Somewhere
Censored May 14, 1944
Dearest Jean,
I received your letter and package a few days ago.
I read and re-read your brother Frank's citation. I also showed it around to some of the boys, we are unanimous in our praise of him. It was a great piece of work done excellently. I'll bet you and your folks and Joey are awfully proud of him, you have a right to be, it makes me very proud to think my daughter, our daughter rather, has an uncle like that.
I wrote to him to-night and reminded him that we have an appointment to drink beer in Brooklyn, and that we intend to keep it . No excuses accepted.
As you have noticed I have a new Apo number, there isn't anything I can tell you about that, nor may I give you a reason if you don't hear from me for a short period, it will be as short a period as possible, depending upon circumstances and events.
I will be thinking of you and the baby, and Mom, Pop and Joey constantly. I trust this will not cause undue alarm or worry, as there is no reason for it.
My friend Fred sent me two more packages for which I am very grateful. I keep receiving mail and packages, and it hurts me not to be able to acknowledge them right away. I hope everyone understands the position I'm in. When I do get a little time I write to you and Frank first, and just hope for extra time to write to the others. I will try to get a letter off to my brother and his wife shortly.
I received a letter from my sister Teresa, and I felt like a heel for not writing her, but I can't explain its not her I'm shunning it's the old man and the old lady, they can go plumb to h--- and I don't care if they know it. However I did answer her letter eliminating all mention of the others. Please don't show this letter to her if she visits you as I wouldn't want to hurt her, after all they are her parents.
If Danny comes to this country he may or may not be able to look me up, I'm not sure on this point. Is he still home or has he shipped out. I would write to him, but I'm afraid he would be gone when my letter arrived there.
Give my love to the baby, Mom Pop and Joey, and take good care of yourself.
Honest Jean it won't be long and I'll be home again.
To-day is mothers day, what can I say Happy Mother's day, no I couldn't say that because I know neither of you could be happy till we all come home. All I can say, may the next mother's day be not that way.
Love, your loving husband
Free mail Somewhere
Censored May 25, 1944
Dearest Jean,
I received your card of remembrance to-day, it seems like ages since I heard from you, I haven't received a letter from anyone for the past two weeks, as a matter of fact there hasn't been any mail for anyone here. Guess we'll get them all at once.
I think by this time you will have received my mew Apo address. I am sorry I can't tell you anything about it. Maybe in the near future I shall be able to elucidate.
I saw a strange sight on my way to town a while ago. A genuine gypsy camp was bivouaced along he side of the road. Their caravan was exactly like the ones you see in the movies, the gypsies themselves were dressed in full Hollywood regalia, there must have been at least thirty of them. At the time they were having supper, quite a supper too, beats me where they got it all, as all food stuffs are carefully rationed. It was picturesque sight, too bad I couldn't stay for the after dinner music.
Every time I go to town the kiddies run up to us Yank soldiers and ask "Any gum chum" they like our chewing gum, they can't buy any without points. I wish at times to be able to give all of them some gum or candy.
Oh yes, I received a letter from Charlie "Acito, he told me all about his visit to my aunts and uncles, he says that Uncle Salvatore is like a twin of the uncle in Brooklyn. I think by this time he is on his way home, Charlie I mean, as he expects a furlough. I also heard from one of my friends who has the same Apo number, incidentally he's a Captain. He says the natives treat them swell.
Did I ever tell you of the length of daylight here? Well daybreak is about five a.m. and it stays light till eleven thirty at night. To-date we have had about four nice days, we should get six more before summer ends.
I haven't been able to write as often as I'd like to, I know how anxious you are to know that I am all-right. I'll do my best to write as often as possible.
How is baby Lucille, an anxious to know how she is coming along.
Am enclosing a photo, its not a very good one at that.
Give my best wishes to Mom, Dad Joey and the D'Anolfo's.
Please don't worry about me as I am all-right.
Your loving husband
Dear Sal,
Received your letter and I see you made it O.K. Don't worry kid this war can't last much longer (I hope.) But really Sal I think we're really going to start grinding again after yesterdays goings on. This damm war business is rough as hell and I think this this outfit has had more than it's share of it. Everything at home is going fine and Jean writes to me everyday. I'd sure like to see the baby before she grows up. The way things are going now I should have said "Id sure like to see the baby-period." Write soon Sal and good luck. If you're in on the (blackened out probably invasion) keep your (blackened out) low & I'll be seeing you.
Your brother in law,
Free mail Somewhere
Censored May 28, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Received the pictures of baby Lucille to-day, I think they came out swell. She has changed quite a bit since I say her last. You and your family are doing a swell job with her.
The Saetta's are probably right, its not as bad as some people may think. Still not as easy as others imagine.
You ask what happened to my hair? Well I had to get a G.I. hair-cut, better know as a crew hair-do.
I am enclosing a few more pictures which are much better. I will continue to send them as I have them as I have them taken.
I received another letter from my sister Theresa. She says she is waiting for Danny to tale her down to visit you. Has she visited you yet?
We cut the cake that your mom and you sent, I've divided it among the boys, we all enjoyed it. All of us wish to say "Thanks."
I am afraid I will not be able to see Sam or Frank Tasso. You may not understand but I'm sure they will.
Has Danny left yet? Do you think he will be heading this way. Its very important that he have my new address or he shall never be able to find me.
Yes I have a strong feeling that this war will end before Christmas. Matter-of-fact I pick the month of November, it may even be the eleventh day.
Jean, I haven't much more to say except that I haven't sent the package with my personals as yet, I may try to sell them instead.
Give my love to all, hope to be seeing you soon
Your loving husband,
Vmail May 31, 1944
Censored Somewhere
Dearest Jean,
Everything is going along fine. Sorry but there isn't anything I can tell you about the new Apo number.
I was able to take a few more pictures, will send them soon as I get them developed.
We are having some beautiful weather right now which is to our liking, it resembles Brooklyn weather.
Gosh honey, its awfully difficult for me to write an interesting letter. Right now it 8.00 P.M. and I am sitting outside the barracks writing to you. It has taken me approximately thirty minutes to jot down these few lines.
Will try to make my next letter more interesting.
Give my love and best wishes to all
Your loving husband
Vmail (date stamped June 5, 1944)
Censored Somewhere
Dearest Jean,
Received your letter, very pleased to hear that the baby is coming along so well. Deeply regret that I am not home to watch her grow. Those pictures your mother sent of her are swell, give her my thanks.
Also received a letter of Mary's and my sister Theresa, sorry, but I haven't been able to answer them yet. Apologize to them for me, won't you!
Everything is going along fine, haven't lost any sleep on account of the Jerries for ages. I've got my fingers crossed on that one.
Miss all of you terribly, hope we shall all be home for Christmas if not sooner. Give my love to Mom, Dad, Joey and the baby. Your loving husband
Blue envelope June 7, 1944
Dear Jean,
As you probably know the fireworks have started, its something which we have been waiting for a long time. it's the beginning of the end for Germany. Of course I only know what I have read in the papers or heard over the radio.
I haven't heard form now for a few days, anything wrong.
Have received two packages from my friend at the plant. I never ask him for anything, but he still continues to send them to me. I never realized until now how much our friendship meant to each other.
I also received a letter from my employers, it was nice hearing from them.
My lodge wrote to me saying they were sending a committee to visit you, also to offer you assistance if you need any. Would like to know what they had to say.
I still haven't heard from Larry, Frank must be kept pretty busy, I imagine he is somewhere in Rome now. I am kept very busy now and haven't the time to write as often as I would like to. Of course as soon as I hear from Frank or Larry I will answer them right away.
How is baby Lucille? Has she grown much? I imagine she should start walking soon. Don't you think so?
I've just been thinking that sixteen more days and I will have been in this man's army one year. Its been a tough and rough year at that, but its going to get more so as time goes by.
While I'm at it I may as well tell you that I am now a transportation clerk and dispatcher. Its my job to dispatch motor vehicles and to keep the records of these vehicles. Its not bad work, and I enjoy it, it also keeps me in trim for when I return to my old job at New York Butchers.
Did you receive the pictures which I sent? Have sent more to be developed, don't know when I'll get them though. I have been getting some good service on the films through a Masonic friend, the same one who took me to a lodge meeting. He has invited me to his home on numerous occasions. Which I have accepted.
Incidentally he owns most of the taxicabs in this particular city, co-incidence isn't it, here I thought I was through with taxicabs. I didn't tell him that I was a former driver.
A couple of weeks ago he took me to a horse-show, you know hurdle-jumpers and all that stuff. Well he drove me up in his limousine, did I feel like a big shot. Very few people own cars in this country at this time, most of them ride bycycles, I've seen kids four years old, and ladies eight four years old(well she looked that old anyway) riding bikes. It is their only means of transportation.
All this will soon end, as we are getting down to business and what I mean business. By the time you receive this letter it will have been a pleasant memory.
Please give my best wishes to everyone, especially your Mom and Dad and Joey and take good care of yourself, as I expect to be coming home soon.
Your loving husband
P.S. Be home for Christmas. Wanna bet.
Vmail June 9, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Letting you know that I am in the best of health and hope to hear the same from you.
I haven't heard from you for the past few days, guess it must be due to the mail service.
It's raining continuously for the past few days, everything gets so damp that we find it awfully hard to keep dry.
I have a feeling that Danny is on his way over here, he may get a chance to visit me, at least I hope so.
How is everything at home? When I get home, I'm going to sleep for a week, without even bothering to get up for meals. I imagine Frank and Larry have the same intentions.
Give my love to all including yourself.
Your loving husband
Free mail June 11, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Just a few lines to let you know that I am in the best of health, everything is going along fine.
The weather is still cool and damp and the days are getting longer, it doesn't get dark till midnight now, dawn still creeps through about five o'clock.
I am enclosing a few more pictures which I hope you like, some are not so good don't know whether it's the film or the camera at fault.
I have been able to write more often than I had expected to, of course its liable to change any day, and you may not hear from me.
I haven't been receiving mail as often as formerly, perhaps because of new Apo.
Well Jean bye-bye for awhile, and give my love to your Mom, Dad Joey and the baby.
Take care of yourself.
Your loving husband
Free mail June 14, 1944
Dear Jean,
Enclosed you will find some photo's which I am sending home; please don't feel hurt, but there is a reason, one which I cannot divulge at present.
I imagine you are having the same trouble receiving mail as I. This is due to conditions beyond our control.
Everything is the same here. Am still getting along fine as usual.
The weather here is still cool and damp, can't walk around without a jacket.
This sum never really gets warm, nothing like the sun back in Brooklyn.
I'm really glad that I brought my harmonica with me, its helped me while away my time, besides some of the boys enjoy it.
Have you received the photos which I sent you in my other letters? Don't know when I will be able to send more.
Oh yes, I have sent you the barber tools, they are much to heavy for me to carry around. If I should ever need them I will let you know.
How is baby Lucille? Give my best wishes to all be seeing all of you for Christmas.
Your loving husband
Vmail June 16, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Everything is fine, hope to hear the same from you, when I receive your mail.
I have not been able to write to anyone but you, here's hoping you have better luck than I with the mail.
I haven't received any of the packages you mentioned in your last letter. I will be getting them shortly. Tell your Mom or rather our Mom that I say "Thanks."
Give my best wishes to all, and please offer my apologies.
Be seeing you soon
How is the baby? Your loving husband
Free mail June 16, 1944
Dearest Jean,
To-day I received your one hundred and thirty fifth letter. Gosh have I been away from home that long. At times it seems so short then suddenly it appears to be ages since I saw you and the baby.
How much longer can this war last? I honestly and truly believe that it will end in the month of November, nineteen forty four. If you remember correctly your brother Frank picked August. We shall see who is right. I hope that Frank wins.
I realize that the baby keeps you going all day, then at night when you are tired you have to sit down and write three or four letter to us boys. This has been going on ever so long. As much as I would like to hear from you I still wouldn't want you to get sick over me. If I don't hear from you as often as formerly, rest assured that your position is understandable.
That wasn't a false report after all. I can imagine the excitement in New York when it was confirmed a few days later.
We didn't know that mail was frozen, it seems to be working both ways. Yes, when you receive this letter you will know that the mails are going through.
To be frank with you it was causing me some concern, not hearing from you, now that the reason is known I shan't feel so bad.
Tell Ann Giordano that now it is improbable that Sam and I shall ever meet. Its too bad because we were so close and yet so far.
Glad to hear that Frank was able to send home two pictures. He must have had a tough job getting them developed. He is way past Rome by this time, probably on his way to Berlin. Strange that I never heard from Larry, maybe my letter to his was to strong. It seems to have worked in one respect, so I gather from your letter.
When its possible for me to send pictures home I'll do so never fear. But gosh, getting film developed is like trying to buy steak in the States without points. Lucky for me that I have a friend in town who has a little influence. He has another roll of mine which I shall send on to you. As you noticed I haven't taken many pictures of myself. Well whenever I take the camera out, the boys ask me to take an individual picture of themselves so they can send it back home to their loved ones. I haven't the heart to refuse. I did take one whole roll of myself, I trust that they will all come out.
I think it's a good idea if you and the family go up to the country for the summer. You may use our money if you wish.
So the baby is learning to walk, (so am I) it must be a grand feeling to see her growing up. Forgive me I just realized that last week was her birthday. I also missed up on your birthday too, didn't I . Well I won't miss up on them anymore, I promise.
The weather is still the same, cool, damp, rain and continuous daylight from five in the morning till twelve at night. A direct contrast from the pitch black, black-out nights that we knew. I'm no so sure which is preferable.
I am beginning to yawn now, besides my inner-spring mattress(Oh yeah) is calling me, so Good-night, kiss the baby for me and say hello to the folks. As ever
Your loving husband
Vmail June 23, 1944
Dearest Jean, Somewhere
I received two of your letters to-day it was nice hearing from you. Also I hope that it means that the mails are coming through.
I will show the letter to Gene, he will be pleased to know that you two are corresponding.
Oh yes, to-day makes one year that I am in the army. The baby was one week old then, and we were one year younger. I don't believe that I have changed very much in that time, if so I am sure its for the better.
I hope you have a swell party for the baby. I'll be home for the next one.
Give my love to all. I almost for to tell you that I am feeling fine.
MORE PHOTO'S, NEXT LETTER Your loving husband
Free mail June 24, 1944
Dearest Jean,
I sent you a Vmail letter yesterday, which I hope you received. I believe that type of mail is quicker by two weeks, Is it not!
Have you received the photo's?
I am enclosing some more with this letter, I hope you like them. I still have the negatives, and if I can have some more pictures made will send them on to Roy and Mary. It will take a little time.
Sunday, I attended mass in a famous Cathedral for obvious reasons the name cannot be mentioned. It was something new and different, another experience I shall never forget. Incidentally the place is hundreds of years old.
So Tony expects to be sent overseas, I don't wish him that hard luck, but if he does have to come, he will have to make the best of it, anyway the experience will do him a world of good.
How was baby Lucille's party? Who attended?
I received a letter from Helen and will try to answer her in a few days, I should have answered it days ago. Tell her to be a little patient, she'll be hearing from me.
Everything is going fine, I am still in the best of health and intend to remain tat way,
Give my love to all and hope to be seeing you soon.
Your loving husband
Free mail
Censored June 26, 1944
Dearest Jean,
The mail has not been any better the past few days, however I did receive one from you and one from Mary. Perhaps I should try to write to some of my other friends as it seems to me they are a bit peeved.
How was the baby's birthday party? Did she seem to realize what it was all about?
The weather here is about the same, still cold and damp, the days are still as long as they were.
There doesn't seem to be much to write home about as we have the same routine every day.
I am enclosing the last batch of pictures which I had taken, as you notice, they have the same defects as the others. I can't seem to find out if it is the camera to blame or the film. I haven't any idea how long before I shall be able to send you more pictures. I won't forget you though. I have a few more film left, hope I have better luck with them.
I haven't answered Helen or Mary as yet. I think its best that I write to you, they can get all the information from you.
Haven't heard from Danny as yet, I doubt very much if he would be able to find me at present. Mary thinks he is headed for Cuba, if so he should be getting home soon.
Haven't heard from Frank or Larry in a long time, I can understand why. Frank has been on the move continuously since the fall of Rome, Larry I imagine has his hands full with those Japs.
We here are very optimistic about the out come of this war, its only a matter of time now.
Nothing more to say, except as usual give my love to Mom, Pop Joey, the baby, Helen and yourself.
Your loving husband
Censored June 28, 1944
Dearest Jean,
Outside it is raining, and I mean rain, its as if some one was pouring the ocean down on us, 'well maybe I was exaggerating a little bit;' just rain, rain and rain, there I go again.
I think I have found the trouble with the camera, there may be a leak in the shutter. It can be fixed very easily.
Have you been receiving the pictures?
Haven't received any packages as yet from anyone?
How was the baby's party? Who was there?
Give my love to all.
Your loving husband

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