The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a story about the renewed efforts, with painstaking work and new technology, to restore some of the records that were burned.
Babe apparently sent French currency back to his family, too. "The French let their money keep in circulation until it crumples into dust."
Piecing together the life of a soldier from his letters is substantially more difficult than I expected.
It seems I've found the source of APO information I have been looking for.
"You should see these Africans here. Just as soon as we got off the boat and were walking to the railroad station, all the little kids asked us for chewing gum and cigarettes."