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Postmark: 08/21/1943

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co. E. 335th Inf.
APO 84th div
Camp Howze, Tex.
U.S. Army

Aug. 15, 1943
Mon. nite 8:00 P.M.

Dearest Mother,

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

   Well mother, yesterday we really had it tough. We pulled out from our bivouac area yesterday morn at 6:30 to make the attack on the reds. We walked about 25 mi. before we came in contact with them. We chased them off the hill they were defending and captured it ourselves. We captured it about 6:30 last night and we still have it now.

   We didn't do anything today except walk 8 mi this morn before breadfast, but since then we had off.

   The P.X. was out today and I had a dollar, but it has it now. I must have drank about 15 bottles of pop. I also bought some candy and cigarettes.

   I received your letter last night that you wrote on Thur. - - - I'll finish this letter in a little while mom, it's time for chow.

   Well mom, here I am again. I just finished eating supper. We had two pork chops, beans, cabbage salad, a pickle, crackers, boiled potatoes and cold lemonade. Not a bad supper huh?

   Well mother it's just starting to get dark now so I'll have to close.

   Mom, I might not be able to write now for a couple of days, so don't worry about me if you don't hear from me. We have to start the attack again tomorrow morn. and it will take till Wed. nite to finish it. When you ans. this letter use my old address, because by Sat. I'll be back in the 86th.

   I'll close now mother, with lots of love to you daddy and the kids.

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Dozen Bottles of Coca Cola

So assuming 12 bottles will suffice for an example, at the 1943 regular price of one nickel for a 6 1/2 ounce bottle, the total cost is 60 cents, leaving some left over for gum and cigarettes. The bigger question is one of nutritional value and intake of ingredients.

12 x 6.5 = 78 ounces, or almost two and a half quarts.

Using modern nutrition values for ingredients:

  • 78 oz x 11.66 calories per ounce = 909 calories (not quite two Big Macs at 1,080 calories)
  • 78 oz x 2.833 mg Caffeine per ounce = 221 mg (not quite three 8-ounce cups of coffee)

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