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Postmark: 08/01/1944

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

Dearest Mother,

    Just a few lines letting you know that I'm O.K. and in the best of health.

   I'm still on the front lines mother, but lately we've been having it pretty soft.

   Mother, I received your pkg. and the candy and stuff that was in it sure was good. I still have two pieces of sausage left yet. The pkg. arrived in good condition and not smashed or anything.

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

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Rest and Training

Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, August 1944:

During this period the 350th Infantry Regiment was bivouaced approximately two and one half miles northeast of the village of Villamagne, Italy, undergoing strenuous training to mold new replacements into the regimental structure and to prepare for further active operations against the enemy. Division directives prescribed training in River crossing with a view of being ready to cross the formidable Arno River. Every available minute was utilized to good advantage to teach each individual his particular role in the coming attack.

The regiment was handicapped in its training as there were no streams, rivers or lakes in the proximity of our bivouac area. However, excellent results were accomplished with the terrain at hand. At this time the morale of the troops was excellent and they were looking forward to training once again.

Arrangements were immediately started to secure showers and clean clothing for the troops. The terrain could be described as gently-rolling with small villages always capping the ridges and peaks. The ridge lines were well in contrast to the numerous sharp gullies and small valleys. Most of the ground was barren, spotted here and there by vegetation consisting of olive groves, vineyards, and small patches of trees which usually followed the intermittent stream beds.


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