Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 23, 1943 – Monday

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We are moving today some where back up the coast.  We rode all day and arrived in Palermo about 8:00 PM.  We arrived at our destination at 2:30 AM.  Still don’t know where we are.

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Letter home – August 22, 1943

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Dear Mother & Dad; Things are pretty quiet around here now so I will write you a few lines. How is everyone at home, Okay I hope. I’m fine also. There is a very little to write about as we … Continue reading

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August 22, 1943 – Sunday

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I went to mass in Barcellona today and they had a beautiful church. Its hard to explain how beautiful it really was. They had six alters in it. In the afternoon we went down to the rocks in Milazno. We … Continue reading

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August 21, 1943 – Saturday

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We laid around all morning and in the afternoon we went down to the beach swimming. Made me feel pretty good.  Glad to get a little exercise. Played checkers, cards, listened to the radio and went to bed.

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August 20, 1943 – Friday

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There are rumors of a move.  Went looking for a tent today but didn’t find any.  Worked around the supply room.  877 of the division has Malaria including yours truly.  I have been feeling terrible for a week.  Listened to … Continue reading

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August 19, 1943 – Thursday

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Same as yesterday nothing new happening.

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Letter home – August 18, 1943

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Dear Mother & Dad; By now you should have read all of the news about Sicily. The deeply will get the rest now at least I hope so. Did I ever tell you that I saw Palermo. It was a … Continue reading

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August 18, 1943 – Wednesday

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Not much today just laid around and rested.  Listened to the radio and went to bed.

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Messina Beer Run

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Chick talks about the invasion of Sicily in July of 1943 and how going after water turned into a beer run in Messina. Filmed 2007 at the studios of WILL, University of Illinois as part of the “WWII Central Illinois … Continue reading

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August 17, 1943 – Tuesday

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The infantry is in the outskirts of Messina so we will probably move up today.  The city of Messina fell at 1:00 P.M. today.  The 3rd Div. beat the English in by 3 hours.  I went in at about 4 … Continue reading

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