Dated May 14, 1944; postmarked May 17, 1044.

Dear Folks,

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

I received about 5 packages a couple of days ago, but they were in wicked shape. The camera was broken and I had to throw it away, the cigarette lighter was broke, so I gave it away, and I didn’t find any flints, but I did get a wick. Outside of these and the jars, all I got was a big bag of crumbs, which looked as if they would have tasted good had they been pieced together.

By the way, did you put a roll of film in the camera and take three pictures before you sent it? I had to throw that roll of film away because it was no good.

I received a couple of pictures you sent me: one of mom and Vin and another of Vince, Bib and Rosemarie. They are good pictures and I’m glad you sent them, but where’s Pop’s pictures?

There is one thing I would like to know: How are things going along back there?

Yesterday, we went to town and had a surprise when we found a pizzeria joint. It was nothing to brag about, but it was the first time I’d had any since leaving the States. They don’t make it the same as we do in the States and I had to put tomato in the thing myself, but it tasted pretty good anyway.

But the way, I finally received a letter from Joe Acquista, but he isn’t anywhere near where I am. In fact, if our relative positions were revealed, it would be a startling fact. He doesn’t know where I am, although he thinks he does.

I also received a V-mail from Aunt Helen and one from Uncle Charlie, which I must answer soon if not sooner.

About Vince being at Cornell instead of Mass. Bib wrote me a V-mail quite awhile ago telling me he went to Cornell. After that, I received a bunch of letters from you all saying he went to Mass. Even so, I don’t remember writing to him either at Cornell or Mass.

That’s about all I have to say for now, so I’ll close.

Love & Kisses,

Babe

P.S. Let me know when you receive the money I sent home.

PDF: The First Pizza He’s Had Since Leaving the States

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