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Airmail Letter
Postmark: 12/05/1944

Return Address:
Sgt. V. Misitano
Newton D. Baker Gen. Hosp.
Martinsburg, W.Va.
Ward 102
(Mother's notation: Rec Dec 7.)

Dec. 4, 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.

   Before I tell you anything about myself mother I want to tell you how glad I was to have you and daddy and Uncle Joe down to see me yesterday.

   It really felt good seeing you all again after not seeing you for over a yr. and a half.

   Mother, they still didn't tell what they're going to do to me yet but I heard that some time this wk. they're going to interview all of us new patients that just came in lately.

   They took a test of my blood today mother so at least they're getting ready to do something with my case anyway.

   I hope mother, that you all got home from here in good time and safely too.

   I still don't know whether I can come home this wk. end or not yet. They don't seem to tell us anything around here. But I guess in time they'll give us the low down on everything that's to be done with us.

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

   Your loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

The above letter is the last that was included in the collection for the war. It appears that there was no further need for letters home since in-person visits, either via furlough or visits from relatives to the nearby hospital (about a two hour road trip) allowed for family communications after this last letter. - Jim Jr.

Altoona Mirror Newspaper Clipping December 22, 1944:

Altoona Mirror Newspaper Clipping December 27, 1944

Newton D. Baker Veteran's Administration Hospital - Near Martinsburg, WV

The facility originally opened in January 1944 with 3000 beds as the Newton D. Baker Army General Hospital, named after Martinsburg native Newton D. Baker. Baker was the U.S. Secretary of War from 1916 to 1921. It is about 120 miles from the Misitano family home in Altoona, PA.


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