‘It’s a Pretty Barren Place, This North Africa’

A B-24 Liberator; ‘First sign of civilization since leaving the U.S.’ Source: U.S. Air Force photos.

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,


PDF: ‘It’s a Pretty Barren Place, This North Africa’

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