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Postmark: 10/10/1943

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co. A. 350 Inf.
APO 88
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
U.S. Army

Oct. 9, 1943
Sat. nite 6:30

Dearest Mother,

    I received your most welcomed letter today and was very glad to hear that everyone is feeling fine.

   I'm glad that you had Phil and Tony home together for at least one day anyways. I hope that Phil had a good time while he was home, and if you give Tony a magazine to read and the couch to read it on there's no doubt that he'll be happy to (ha ha).

   Mother please don't worry too much about Joe's new address because he may have that address till he gets a new camp, and in the states too.

   Mother, in your letter you said that if any one of us got hurt, you hope that you're not alive to hear it. Mother, you didn't mean that, did you. What you meant was that if anything happened to one of us, you hope when you hear the news it isn't true and just a mistake. Because mother if you wished what you said, then you would be forgetting about your 5 other sons and two daughters, who love you and want you in spite of what may happen, so mother, please, please don't ever say that or even give that another thought. Besides mother, nothing is going to happen to any of us. Anyhow how we're all supposed to die a natural death from old age so we all have a good while to live yet. Can't you just picture me a little old gray haired man. Ha ha.

   Well mother, I tell you a little of what I've been doing. To begin with I'm in camp. We got back about 10:30 Thur. nite. All day yesterday we had to wash up and salvage all torn or unserviceable clothing and equipment.

   Today I've had a showdown inspection and they checked all our equipment. I didn't need much new equipment but these fellows in the 88 div just came off of maneuvers and they needed quite a lot.

   By the way mother I'm in the 88th div. and there is no longer an 86th. My insignia looks something like this. (drawing of four circles making up clover). It's solid blue and real plain. I don't like it at all. I'll send one home as soon as I get one.

   Well mother, I guess I'll close now, so until I hear from you I'll say good nite to my dearest mother, and give my love to daddy and the kids.


   Tell that "gold brick" of a cook to drop me a few lines. He gets more time to write than I do. Of course tell him in a joking way mother. ha ha. Well so long mother and please don't worry about me or any of us. We'll all be O.K. and home soon.

   Love Son.


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

88th Division Insignia

This is the 88th Division Shoulder Patch that Dad mentions in this letter, which he kept among his treasured medals and other war memorabilia. It is meant to portray the two 8's of the 88 designation, with one of them rotated 90 degrees to make a four-leaf clover pattern.

   - Jim Jr.


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