I have quite a few letters here before me, so I will answer all of your questions. They are dated March 20, 24, 26, 30, April 1, 3, 5 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18.
It sure is a shame about Margaret Trees. Funny she always seem so full of life, and always ready to have a good time. Listen mother, don’t worry about falling behind in your writing. You do a swell job. I received the four rolls of film the other day thanks a lot. My camera is working again now so maybe it will hold out. The marshmallows that you had sent before were all in good shape. Poor Charlie, I’m afraid it was a lucky thing that he didn’t get sent overseas. I had a letter from Ray the other day. He said they have it pretty tough but I think he will make it Okea. It’s too bad about Mr. Chick. But I guess that’s life. Yes Ernie Pyle was here for a while but wasn’t over to our company. He was with our company in Sicily though. ha ha. So you let dad fool you the first thing on April fool’s day, pretty good. Betty McCole and Pat Smith are two swell girls. It’s a shame I didn’t date them while I was home. They both write pretty regular. I’m afraid Rita will have to go some if she wants to hang out with me, when I get home. It’s funny how the letters come, but so long as they get home all the better. Yes mom I wish they would hurry that invasion up myself. We are all sweating it out. Don’t count too much on me coming home so soon. The percentage is so low that it will take sometime before I make it. But the war can’t last much longer. So you are starting your spring cleaning. You always did keep the house and tip top shape. So you and dad celebrated your 35th wedding anniversary. It’s a long time to be married, but as long as you are happy that’s all that counts. Yes mother, the mail comes much faster from England then from here. Ours goes from Anzio to Naples, from Naples to Africa and then to the U.S.. Where Bud’s came from England to U.S. Quite a difference. It will be sometime before Ray goes overseas. He has a lot of training to go through. I’ve also received a Easter card and birthday card from you also some comic books.
Say dad when are you going to write me a letter. You never did write and tell me how you made out up at the store in your usual pools, ha ha. Who won all the money. Bill told me in his last letter that you were out planting grass seed. I bet you will have that lawn of yours and tip top shape.
I know there is not much to my letters but really there is nothing to write about here. We have been getting good food such as fresh meat, eggs etc. etc. Believe it or not, we even had beer. Ha ha. I can remember the last time I had a beer and I doubt if I ever for get it. That was at Massina and it was deep enough to swim in. We get to see a show twice a week now which is quite a treat. We have three large tents put together to form a theater. So far the show’s have all been good.
I haven’t seen Snook for some time now, but hope to get over in the near future. We still play ball of an evening and it helps you to take your mind off of the war. Well we are authorize four bronze stars for our company’s ribbons. More than any other division in the U.S. army. Guess this is all for now, Goodbye to you both and I love you from the bottom of my heart. Keep praying and someday I’ll be home.