Olives. Taken by Nick Fraser in 2005. The fruit of an Olive Tree by the Dead Sea in Jordan. Via Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Olivesfromjordan.jpg

Dated Oct. 31, 1943; postmarked Nov. 4. His division is likely still based in Caserta, Italy.

Dear Folks,

I am well, happy and safe and I hope you all are the same.

I received four of your letters and one from Aunt Mary yesterday and before I go any further, I would feel a lot better if you wouldn’t worry about me so much.

I haven’t received any packages or letters from Mr. Morgan yet, but I am still waiting patiently.

I’m glad to hear you started paying for the house; now Rosemarie can cry all night.

By the sound of Bib’s letters, he is doing all right for himself in the economic and social worlds, isn’t he? I like to receive letters from Bib; tell him to keep writing.

Right now, I am parked under an olive tree full of olives, which are not edible right now. On my left is a fig tree full of green figs. A few miles to my rear is an orange grove full of ripe oranges. A little to my right are plenty of grapes, all dried up. All in all, this is a pretty nice place, not at all unlike the climate and environment of Mount Kisco.

Here come some more little Italian kids with their hands outstretched for candy and cigarettes. I swear I gave them more cigarettes since I’ve been here than I’ve smoked myself.

That’s about all, folks, so I’ll sign off now with…

Love and Kisses to all,

Babe

PDF: A Lovely Description of All the Fruit Trees Near Him

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