March 19, 1944
I received your letter and was very glad to hear from you.
I am fine and hope you are in good health also.
By the sound of your letter you must have really had a swell time in Hollywood.
You said that after your training in Cali. is over you might be shipped to Camp Dix., well
Phil, by the time this letter reaches you, your training will be over and I'm hoping that you
are sent to Camp Dix, then you won't be far from home, and maybe you could go home on wk. end
passes. I'm sure that will make mother plenty happy.
I received a letter from mother the other day and she said that everyone at home is fine, and
also that Tony was home on furlough. I guess you'll be getting a furlough after maneuvers too,
Well Phil I'll tell you a little about what I've been doing. I guess you'll know before you
receive this letter that I'm on the front by mother telling you. Well Phil, it isn't as bad here
as I thought it would be, although we do stay in our foxholes. We've been having pretty nice
weather lately but the first few days we were here it rained continuously and our holes were muddy
and cold and they had about a foot of mud and water in them, but now they're pretty well dried out.
We have nice warm clothes, I guess you have seen combat suits, well they're really O.K. Our only
real worry is the artillery, and when they send over the screaming meme (bitch) you can bet we
really hug the ground.
During the day it isn't so bad and when it's pretty quiet we come out of our holes and go over
to an orchard not far from our position and eat oranges, but I never thought I'd get my chance to
do it on a battlefield in Italy.
Before I came here to the front, I've had some pretty nice spaghetti meals in a few homes that
we've bivouaced near, and it really hit the spot. My buddy who is an Italian from Phila., and I
would go out to the same house almost every night and we were treated swell. Neither of us can
speak Italian very good but between the two of us we did O.K. I've learned to speak Italian a
little better since I've been here.
I haven't seen Russ Gallagher since I've been here. If his regiment is the next camp when I get
there we may get to see each other, but chances of seeing each other on the lines is not possible.
I'm also going to try and see Joe through the Red Cross the first chance I get. Mother said he's
in an Engrs. outfit here in Italy.
Well Phil, I guess this is all for now so I'll close hoping this letter finds you in the best of
Your Loving Brother
Phil, when you write to mother, tell her not to worry about me because there isn't anything to
worry about. I guess you'll know what to tell her so she won't worry, huh Phil.
Phil, when were you busted to pvt.? I think pvt is better than a non com anyway, at least out
here it is, I know.