Postmarked July 29, 1943, still in Morocco based on the location of APO 776 at this time. This is the first letter he sent on V-mail.
Dear Mom and Pop,
Well, I’m feeling fine and I hope you all are the same.
It’s a pretty barren place, this North Africa, but it has a lot of background that I can’t tell you about.
We had a nice trip over here. There were Red Cross workers and Army nurses on the boat with us. The biggest thrill everyone got out of that trip was when we were a few hundred miles from Africa and a Liberator bomber came over. It was the first sign of civilization we saw since leaving the U.S.
We just got a speech from the colonels and majors welcoming us to North Africa. This page isn’t nearly big enough, but it’s all I have. I’ll have to close.
Love & Kisses,