In an earlier post, I mentioned that Babe had apparently been promoted. He doodled this, the stripes for a T/5, on top of this letter.

Dated April 30, 1944; postmarked May 4, 1944, with a notation, “Missent to Mount Vernon, N.Y.” The postmark is one year to the day before Babe is killed in Italy.

Dear Folks,

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

I told you about that pipe you sent me getting lost, but now I have another just like that first small Medico I bought. It’s a good little pipe, but I have no filters for it or pipe cleaners.

I’m glad Vin got home again and took some pictures. I’ll be expecting them soon.

By the way, I didn’t get a letter from Joe yet, but if I did, as I already told you, I’d guarantee to find him.

We are having nice weather here now. it’s good and hot all day and cool at night.

I received a few of your letters plus one from Aunt Helen. I haven’t written to her in months, but she wants me to ask for something so she can send a package. I haven’t decided on anything I want yet because I have enough junk now. Besides, don’t forget the flint and wicks with the cigarette lighter plus plenty of fluid.

In one of your letters you mentioned a cat, but I never knew you had another one. I suppose he sleeps curled around Bib’s neck as usual, eh? I have a little pup that sleeps with me. She’s a cute pup with long, but smooth reddish hair, so we call her “Red.” Then there is another that belongs to the whole company that we call “Hootch.” She’s just about to have pups herself and the place will be swarming with dogs.  “Hootch” is an Arab dog from Africa, while “Red” is Italian. I’ve never seen either breed before, but they’re small even when full grown.

Tell Bib for me that he doesn’t have to stop writing when he writes half a V-mail. He can write all the way down to the bottom. Just because it says to write from twelve – sixteen lines, he can still finish the page. He ought to wait and first write one V-mail half as much as he writes now and put twice as much in it. That way, maybe he can put in all his punctuation marks, capitals and finish his sentences to take up the rest of the space.

That’s about all I have for now so I’ll be closing.

Love & Kisses,

Babe

PDF: The Company Has Adopted Some Dogs Named Red and Hootch

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