Hello Mr. Kuhn;
I want to tell you that I was quite surprised to hear from you the other day. I often think of you and the rest of the help back at the store. I always thought that you were too busy to take time out and write and in arresting letter as you did. I really appreciated it as most of the mail I get is all about the same thing. I love long letters, and though you talked mostly of business I enjoyed it very much. I had to laugh when you said that the parking lot was becoming empty. The people in the United States should live over here for a while and then they would realize what rationing was like and how glad they would be that they are living over there. It would make many of them stop and think. You see very few cars, but plenty of GI a trucks and tanks.
Many of us Fellows are going to lose our lives over here. Who knows maybe some of us boys that worked at Joseph Kuhn & Co. store, but we know as long as we can keep America free, from men like Hitler.
Africa is quite a nice country and some parts. The climate is just about like Southern California. The days are hot and the knights cold. We sleep in “pup” tents and most of us have sleeping bags. I am still in the supply a room and wipe my work fine. For enjoyment we get to go to town once a month and of an evening after the working day is over we play ball.
Now for some humor. One fellow over here dug himself a 3 foot fox hole to lay and during a bombing raid. One day when the air raid came he kept right on digging and by the time the air raid was over he was down 9 feet and had to be pulled out of the hole, ha, ha.
Goodbye Mr. Kuhn, say hello to the help for me. Tell “Spooks” Burke that I am still waiting for a letter from her. Thanks again for writing, and right again when you have time.
As Ever “Chick”
Editor Note: Issac Kuhn was the owner of Joseph Kuhn & Co. in Champaign, IL. It is presumed that this letter was given to Francis Bruns, Chick’s dad who was employed as a tailor at Kuhn’s.