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Postmark: 09/29/1944

Return Address:
Sgt. V. Misitano
Co. A. 350th Inf APO 88c
c/o Postmaster N.Y.
(Mother's notation: from Jimmy rec 11. Oct.)

Dearest Mother,

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

   I hope you're not worrying too much about me mother because my arm is coming along O.K.

   The hospital I'm in is really O.K. and just walking around in Pajamas is a lot better that what I was doing before I got hurt. The rest that I'm getting is really great and so far I've been having my meals served to me in bed, and that's something I never thought of having done.

   I don't know which letter you'll receive first mother telling you I was wounded but whether it's this one, or the one I wrote yesterday or one from the War Dept., please don't worry because I'm really O.K. and most of all lucky.

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Wounded in Action:

Dad was wounded in action of September 26th, 1944. He was struck in the underside of his left forearm with a piece of shrapnel. It's unclear if the shrapnel came from artillery or a mortar. I know at one point dad speculated that it had been from a rifle grenade.

The injury occurred while he was walking with his company up a barren hillside (as described in the prior letter's army notes) while their right flank was exposed to German troops who were firing various weapons at them.

He was immediately taken from the battlefield by medics. He was concerned at the time that he would have to walk all the way back on the many-mile path he had taken to get to this point, but was pleasantly surprised that the army support elements, including medical, were only a few miles from the actual front line he had been fighting on.

While it was not clear to dad at the time, his combat role was now over, so this narrative does not continue to detail the fighting that took place afterward. For those who may be interested, his company and division went on over the next week to a massive battle on Mount Battaglia a few miles north of where he was injured, during which there was fierce fighting and many casualties on both sides. Shortly after that, the armies disentangled and wintered over in the mountains until the spring of 1945, at which time the Allied offensive pushed into the valleys beyond and the war in Europe was soon ended.

   - Jim Jr.


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