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Airmail Letter
Postmark: 04/05/1944

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

April 2, 1944
Italian Rest Camp

Dearest Mother,

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

   Mother, today's my birthday and I had a really nice birthday present. My buddy and I were in a town close by, a little while ago and we stopped in where we got a swell spaghetti dinner, fried chicken, wine and nuts, and boy! mother we really ate. We tried to pay them for the meal but they wouldn't accept the money. We had some candy on us that we bought at the P.X. and gave it to the two little kids at the house and gave the father a pack of cigarettes and then left. They were really nice people, and treated us swell.

   I'm really having a nice time at this rest camp mother, so please don't worry about anything, and tell daddy also not to worry about anything because I'm O.K.

   Since I've been here, I haven't had any work, and all there is to do is eat, sleep and go to movies, we've had two stage shows so far. We can go to the little towns close by without having to get a pass, all we do is take off. I never thought a rest camp would be this nice.

   Mother, I guess this is all for now so I'll close hoping that this letter finds you all at home in the best of health. All my love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids.

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, April 1944:

April 2 - The rest area is on a steep hillside and narrow valley. Not a very good one. No rain.

April 3 - No rain in rest area. Training started.

April 4 - No rain. Training continues for men.

April 5 - No rain. Battalion alerted and packed up to move up tonight.


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