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Postmark: 03/16/1944

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Pvt. V. Misitano
Co. A. 350th Inf APO 88c
c/o Postmaster N.Y.

Wed. nite 6:30
Feb. 23, 1944

Dearest Mother,

    Just a few lines letting you know that I'm O.K. and feeling fine, and hoping that all at home are the same.

   We've only had a couple of bad nights since we've been here mother, and I don't think I prayed as hard any other time as I did then. As long as you stay in your hole you're O.K., but with those shells bursting all around you, it really gives you the jitters.

   It rained pretty hard last night and it was pretty cold, but right now the sun's out and my foxhole and equipment's getting dried pretty fast.

   During the day it's really nice around here. We even have an orange and lemon grove nearby where we pick oranges and lemons when it's safe to come out of our holes.

   Mother, on payday I sent $30 home so let me know when you get it.

   There isn't much more to say mother, so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids. Please don't worry about anything mother, because I'm O.K.

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, March 1944:

March 1. The regiment was bivouaced in the vicinity of Piedmont, Italy. The physical hardening period that was conducted after arriving in Italy had been completed and preparations were being made for a movement of the entire Combat Team to the vicinity of Cascano, Italy.

March 2. The regiment moved from Piedmont, Italy to Cascano, Italy and vicinity, by motor, and set up a bivouac area.

March 4. Under cover of darkness, a greater portion of the regiment were brought to the Minturno bridge, via Route 7 by motor and from that point, marched to the front lines.


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