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Postmark: 07/12/1943

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co K 342 Inf
A.P.O. 450
Camp Howze, Texas
U.S. Army

Sun. afternoon 1:50
July 11, 1943

Dearest Mother,

    Just a few words to let you know that I'm feeling fine and I'm hoping that you are the same.

   Mother, I'm writing this letter to you from the Service Club. My buddy and his cousin came over to see a show that is supposed to start at 3:30. From what I hear, it's supposed to be pretty good.

   I received the letter that comare Grace sent me from home. She said that you all were having a good time and also that the kids were having a good time also.

   Mother, it's been 2 whole wks. that I haven't heard from you. Don't you have time to write mother, or are you sick or something. Mother if any thing's wrong please at least write me a card or else have one of the kids write to me and let me know what's wrong.

   Have you written to Tony or Phil or Joe within the last few wks. mom? Or didn't you write to any of us.

   Mother, we go out on the firing range again tomorrow. I don't know what we need to for, because that's all we did on that wk's bivouac. But I guess they want us to get so used to firing our gun that we'll be able to fire it in our sleep.

   Well mother, not much more to say so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids. God bless you all.

   Your loving Son,


    If you can, please write soon mother and let me know if there is any thing wrong.

Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Comare is the Italian word for godmother (with Compare being the word for godfather.) A godparent is chosen to speak for the infant during baptism, and is responsible for the spiritual advancement of the child should the parents become unavailable at some point. In practice, it is a somewhat honorific role that adds an extra familial tie between the adult and child, and often results in the child being singled out for extra gifts from the godparent on occasions such as birthdays.

   - Jim Jr.


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