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Postmark: 08/22/1943

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co. K. 342nd Inf.
APO 450
Camp Howze, Tex.
U.S. Army

Aug. 21, 1943
Sat. Morn. 9:30

Dearest Mother,

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

   Well mom, I'm still out with the snakes and bugs yet.

   We were supposed to go back to camp yesterday but instead they are going to take us in this afternoon.

   We're all through with our problems and maneuvers and we're just laying around killing time till we go in.

   This morn. at breakfast they gave us two sandwiches an orange and two cookies for our dinner because the kitchen went in right after chow this morn. A couple of times this wk. for dinner they gave us rations. I saved one of them and when I get a chance I'll send it to you. The ration is the same as they give the boys in combat. I'm pretty sure you'll like to have it. When you get it open it in front of daddy so he'll see what rations are like. The ration I have is a supper ration, but the breakfast and dinner ration is practically the same.

   Mom, have Phil or Tony ever sent you any rations to see what they're like? (ans.)

   Well mother, I guess when you get this letter, I'll be back in the 86th.

   Mother, the other morn. I went with the jeep driver to get water for the co. and when we got about 5 mi out of the bivouac area, he left me drive it a while and you should have seen me make that thing bounce. I drove it for about 10 mi. then he took over again. It was really fun driving it. Now no one can say I never drove a jeep.

   Well mother nothing more to say, so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear daddy and the kids.

   Your loving Son,


   I got two letters from Rosie since I've been here.

Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

1943 Army Jeep

Photo Credit: Booklet: A Camera Trip Through Fort Sam Houston


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