Aug 30, 1944
Italian Rest Camp
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.
Mother, today I received a nice long letter from you and enjoyed reading it very much. It was
the one you wrote on the 14th in ans. to my V-Mail and Air Mail letter that you received from me
In your letter you told me about Tony just going back for camp. I hope he had a good time while
he was home.
You also told me about receiving a souvenir from Phil from England. I sent you a cross mother,
that I bought at the Vatican City, but I guess you didn't receive it yet. I also sent one to Rosie
but she never said anything about receiving hers yet either and it seems mine would get there before
Phil's would because I sent it before he was in England, but I guess that mail is running pretty
slow from here.
In your letter was the pictures you had sent me, that were taken while Tony was home on furlough.
The pictures really are nice mother, and I always wanted a picture of just you and daddy.
Mother, about Joe being in a non-combat unit and still wearing a star in his ribbon is probably
because when he first came to Italy he was in the Infantry and probably got it there. When he
found out that I was fighting, he wrote and told me that it looked like I was taking up where he
left off, and that gave me the idea there that he was no longer in a combat outfit, and then
every Red Cross I'd try and locate him by would tell me that they couldn't locate his outfit and
that was because he's way behind the lines. And then I asked a fellow from another eng. outfit
if he know where Joe's outfit was and he said that it was a non-combatant unit but didn't know
where it was. But mother, until you find out different, that so far is good news to me and I know
it is to you.
Mother, about the star and combat badge I got, well, I had to laugh about what you said about
all you know about them, but then about Rich's wings, and his mother not even knowing that he's
connected with the air corps really made me laugh. When I come home mother, I'll tell you all about
my star and badge.
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,
I haven't received the pkg from Pauline yet, but I guess it will soon get here. That's one
reason why I don't like to ask for pkgs and that's because it takes so long for them to get here.