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Airmail Letter
Postmark: 03/23/1944

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

Sat. Morn. 10:30
Italian Front

Dearest Mother,

    Just a few lines letting you know that I'm feeling fine and hoping that everyone at home is the same.

   I Received your pkg. today mother, and the candy and other things in it are most appreciated.

   It was a little banged up, but that doesn't change the taste of the candy. I ate a chocolate bar and a piece of fudge already and it really tasted good. The tube of shaving cream is a little smashed but luckily it isn't broken open. Mother I haven't shaved since I've been here, and boy you should see my beard and mustache, they're really long. I'm not going to shave till I go back to a rest camp and then I'll have a barber shave me. I'm afraid that if I tried to cut these whiskers that I'd cut my face all up, so I'll wait and leave a barber do the honors for a quarter.

   We've been having some pretty nice weather here these last few days. The sun's been out pretty much and there's hardly any mud around any more. We still pick oranges during the day when it's not too dangerous.

   The only time it's really bad is during the nights. Nobody likes to see night time come, because then you can't see very good and expect almost anything, and almost anything happens, from artillery barrages, to attempted breakthroughs by jerries. But as I said before mother, as long as a guy is careful he won't get hurt, and I'm still being very careful.

   I received your V-mail with Joe's address in it so as soon as I finish this letter I'll drop him a few lines.

   I received a letter from Phil the other day and he said that he likes Los Angeles a lot.

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

   Your loving Son,


   Please don't worry about me mother because I'm O.K. Thanks again mother the pkg. is really good.


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, March 1944:

March 14. Our patrols were active during the night. Two German patrols were encountered, and after placing effective fire on our troops, the two German patrols withdrew. Nebelwerfer fire was again present. Our mortars and artillery fire greatly reduced enemy mortar fire.

March 15. Enemy again used Nebelwerfer fire on 1st Battalion sector. A patrol from 2nd Battalion was engaged by approximately 4 machine guns and supporting weapons, and after an extended fire fight successfully withdrew. It was ascertained that enemy positions included concertina wire, trip wires, and entrenchments.


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