Dear Mother & Dad,
Received your letter of November 23. I will try to keep up with your letters in then I won’t get as far behind. Ha, ha. Have you figured out what army I’m a in yet. You and Gee surely have a time. I’m glad you and dad had a nice time at the banquet. Did they ask about me. Well I’ll be home in about a year so then we can all go out together. I sent you another box the other day. Not much in it, but I had to send my negatives home, and I put Mrs. Goldsby’s cake pan in. There is also a locket for Gee, and a little metal that I got in the cathedral at Naples for dad. I never send Dad anything, but there is nothing to send him. There is also some lava and ashes from Pompeii. Keep all of these for me. I went to 9:30 mass this morning. Hey! I had a letter from Snook in and it sounds as if he’s he may be here in Italy. He may be a different section as I haven’t seen his outfit yet. But I still think he is in England. Goodbye and I love you both very much.
I went to mass at 9:30 AM today. It’s a nice day and the sun is shinning, but not for long as it is cloudy in the North direction. After mass went down to get our combat boots. It started rained and has been raining all day. I wrote some letters this afternoon and played cards at night. Won 15 dollars tonight instead of always loosing. Went to bed about 1 AM.
It has been nice all day for a change. The sun has been out all day long. We straightened up the supply room and that was about all of the work. Received three packages. Emma Sass, Vet of Foreign Wars and Claud and Mildred. Played cards and went to bed.
Took shortage all day. Went down to the Battalion after some more clothes. In the evening we went to the show. “Keeper of the Flame” very good. Late when I got home went to bed.
Dear Mother & Dad,
I should have wrote to you yesterday but as usual I’m slow again. Received your November 20 letter today mail is pretty slow. O yea! ha, ha. I received a carton of cigarettes from the vets of foreign wars to day. They are trying to hook me already. When I get home I want to stay there. Sure mom go ahead and send the pipe to me. It won’t hurt if it has been smoked a few times. In one of the packages I received from Es and Harry, there was some popcorn. You know the big yellow grains, like we used to buy from Brownie’s. Well we have a little stove and I used one of your Crisco cans and popped it. Boy it turned out swell. Just about every grain popped. So if you can buy some please send it to me. The corn they sent me came in pound packages gee but it was good. You see they do not raise pop corn here in Italy. Received a letter from Snook and it sounded as if he might be here in Italy, but I still doubt it. Good buy for now.
NOTE: Brownies was a grocery store located on South Neil Street in Champaign, IL at the time but was unable to find any online reference.
Rumors are flying that we will be back in action Monday, but I doubt it. We were told to get our leggins marked so that’s a pretty good sign. We worked around all day and at night we played some poker. I won two dollars all evening. At one time I was about eight dollars in the hole.
Not much to do today. Bundled up some underwear today and that was about all. Started working on an Engineer requisition and then went to look for coal. Stopped off at the 30th Infantry to see if I could find Harry McQueen, but he had gone to Mt. Climbing school. We then went to look for coal. We went clear upon the 45th Division front. Beyond there own artillery and up as far as we could here machine guns fire see the artillery shells bursting. Jerry was also shelling and some hit pretty close to us. I’ll be dog gone if we didn’t have a flat tire right out in the middle of everything. Jerrie took a couple of shoots at us and missed. We soon had the tire changed and came home. Ate chow and then I popped some corn. Wrote a few letters and went to bed.
Two years ago today war started. I hope I am home by this time next year. Who knows? Worked around in the supply room got in a few more clothes. Got paid. Went to a Sex Hygiene picture and also a regular feature picture. Pretty good show for a change. Came home read a little and went to bed.
It has been raining all day. The mud is so bad in the supply room that we went after some gravel to put on the floor. In the evening I popped some corn that Es and Harry sent me. Boy it really popped swell. Gee, but it tasted good to eat pop corn again. I think I will write home home for some more. They do not raise pop corn here. Why I do not know. Played pinochle with the kitchen force. Badali and I won. Came home and read.
Dear Mother & Dad,
You won’t have to worry about my allotment anymore. I hope by now that it is fixed up. Our company clerk wrote to Washington about it, so they will get it straightened out. Just let me know how the checks keep coming in until it really does get straightened out. I am going to fix a box up in a couple of days and send some things home. I have my negatives so when you send them away to have them developed have two copies made and send one copy to Mr. Brewing. Did you have the other prints made? Did did you send them? There is very little to write about here. It’s just about the same old thing. ha, ha, It’s still rains every day and the mud here is about the gooiest mud I had ever been in. I received a couple of more packages today. Mom I don’t know what I’m going to do with it all. By the way, please send some more comic books goodbye.