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Postmark: 11/19/1943

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co. A. 350 Inf.
APO 88
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
U.S. Army
(Mother's notation: "Last Letter from Sam Houston")

Nov. 18, 1943
Thur. nite, 9:00

Dearest Mother,

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

   Well mother, it looks like we're finally going to leave here. We're expected to leave Sat. and they told us that today is the last chance to write anyone till we get to our next camp. Mother, I don't know how many days it will be till I can write again, but until I do write mother, please don't worry about me because I'll be O.K. and safe.

   I was at the dentist today, and had 14 teeth filled. None were pulled. There were 4 that were real bad and while he was drilling them I thought that I'd die. Boy, I must have jumped 6 ft. every time he'd hit a nerve.

   Well mother, there isn't much more to say so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids.

   Your loving Son,


   God bless you mother dear and keep you safe always.

   Please don't worry about me mother, because I'll be O.K. I'll try to write as soon as possible.

   Love, Son


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Army Dentist Chair

Photo Credit:

The equipment set depicted is very similar to dental sets seen in photos from the time of the Spanish American War until the beginning of Vietnam War. Commonly referred to as a “Chest 60” Field Dental Set, the instruments and equipment were carried in boxes .and could be used without electricity, e.g., using natural light and foot treadle powered dental handpiece. As electricity became more accessible a motor was added to the belt driven handpiece and patient lights were added. Reproduced from United States Army Dental Service in World War II.


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