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Airmail Letter
Postmark: 04/22/1944

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

April 24, 1944

Dearest Mother,

    Just a few lines letting you know that I'm O.K. and in the best of health and hoping that all at home are the same.

   I'm back on the front lines again mother, but don't worry because it's really not so bad here. Our only worry is artillery fire and german patrols, but that's not too much of a worry as long as we're careful, and I still plan on being very careful.

   I received a V-Mail from you mother the other day but this is the first chance I got to ans. it.

   Mother, I found out where Joe's camp was, but it was too late to go see him because when I found out, we were on the alert to move out and noone was allowed to leave the bivouac area, or rest area. If he is still there when I go back for a rest whenever that will be, I'm pretty sure I'll get a pass to go see him.

   In your letter you told me that you didn't know that Alfred was engaged, and also that Anne and Joe had broke up. I didn't know about Anne and Joe, so we both learned something.

   Mother, please don't worry about anything because I'll be O.K. and tell daddy also not to worry about anything. This is bound to end one of these days, so just keep your chin up and smile.

   Well mother, I guess this is all for now, so I'll close with lots of love to you mother dear, daddy and the kids.

   Your loving Son,


   Tell Pauline I'll ans. her letter the first chance I get.


   The pictures enclosed were taken while I was in town while still at the rest area. They're not very good, but they give you an idea what I still look like. I hope they don't scare anyone. The two kids were around the photographer so we put them in the picture.

   Well, so long mother till I get another chance to write.

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Photo with Street Kids in Italian City (Probably Naples)

This is one of the photos mentioned in the Post Script of the above letter. The 88th Division history mentions that enlisted men were getting passes to Naples during these rest periods, so that is the likely location of the photo, although I could not find a modern photo that matched the sculpture shown in it. - Jim Jr.
Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, April 1944:

April 23 - Commanders visited Command Post. Big day for us, we caught the first Krauts for this regiment. We sent patrol of 4 men 1 officer to 3 haystacks near house, vicinity of rock pile on Carecoli. Lt. Jaffee led the patrol. He brought 2 Jerries out of the house at the point of a gun but they decided to take off so he shot at both of them bringing them down. They were brought to the aid station and sent back for interrogation. Lt. Jaffee received Combat Infantryman Badge.

April 24 - Quiet day.

April 25 - Lt. Crislers patrol ran into enemy fire 1 casualty.


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