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Postmark: 08/10/1944

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

Aug 1, 1944
Italian Rest Camp

Dearest Mother,

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

   There isn't much to write about mother, except that I'm still in a rest area and still having it pretty easy. I received a letter from Tony the other day and he told me he's back in the kitchen again but in another co. I'm glad he's in the kitchen again and not in any tanks because at least he's sure of always getting enough to eat. I wonder if he gained any more weight. I think I lose about 10 lbs every time I hear a machine gun open fire or a shell coming in when I'm on the front, but then in a rest area I gain it all back again.

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

   Your loving Son,


   Please don't worry about anything mother.

Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Rest and Training

Declassified Headquarters Reports, 350th Infantry, August 1944:

On Tuesday, 1 August, a school was given for all officers and non-commissioned officers by each separate battalion to indoctrinate the principle of a river crossing into the key leaders of the regiment, so that in turn, they would be able to instruct the men in the training that followed. Training was started at 0700 and continued until 1530 with two hours instruction in the evening from 1830 to 2030 hours.

On Wednesday, 2 August, 1944, training started at 0700 hours. All instruction was handled by officers and key non-commissioned officers who attended the school held for them the day before. Four hours were spent on the following three points: Principle of River Crossing, Display of River Crossing Means and the M-2 Assault Boat; after this preliminary work, formations were rehearsed for four hours.

August 3-5: During these three days, the river crossing training was continued with emphasis placed on individuals and assault waves actually crossing the river by use of hand lines over fiords, foot bridges, and assault boats. The regimental communications platoon made plans and prepared to have a wire team cross the river with each battalion and meet at a previousely designated place, from where the battalions could carry their wire forward.

On the night of 4 August, each battalion conducted exercises involving the crossing of a river at night. Since no streams were to be found in our area, suitable terrain was selected so as to provide a steep valley to simulate the actual river site. The following morning of 5 August was devoted to care and cleaning of weapons, with a critique held in the afternoon on the previous week's training.

August 7th to August 15th: Battalion commanders were alloted the first three days of this period to conduct their own problems to enable them to point out the weaknesses of their units, and in turn, to permit the smaller group leaders to become acquainted with the new replacements.

Reconaissance of forward areas overlooking the Arno River began on August 7th and continued through the 11th. ...It was found that the river reached a depth of only two and one half feet and in many places, could easily be crossed without hindrance.

On the 10th of August the entire regiment was swamped with a driving rain and little training was carried on. Training was resumed the following day with small unit problems but only until 1500 when the work ceased in order to conduct a night exercise at 2300. All battalions participated in the cross country movement covering a distance of three miles; the first phase consisted of a relatively short advance by all platoons in order that as many people as possible be trained in maintaining direction and contact with adjacent units at night. When the first objective was reached, companies continued to advance in company column and upon arrival at their objective, troops prepared defensive positions to await an attack. The following morning was devoted to a critique of the exercise of the problem and in care and cleaning of weapons; also a check was made to insure that all men were ready for combat. To round out the day, all men were given showers.


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