‘I Got My Purple Heart Today’

Letter dated Nov. 27, 1944; postmarked Nov. 29, 1944.

Dear Folks:

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

In the last week, I received ten packages from you. They contained everything from soup to nuts. I received the pen and pencil set and the spaghetti (raw and cooked) and the chicken soup (we ate that last night) and the pudding and all the other stuff.

About that pen and pencil you sent, all I wanted was a cheap pen and pencil. It didn’t have to be a real set. It is practically impossible for me to keep everything together and in good condition for a long time. Thanks a lot for the one you sent, though.

The pen I had writes all right now after I worked on it with a pair of pliers.

I am still in the hospital, but address all your mail to my regular address just the same.

I got my Purple Heart today and I will send that the same time I sent the pen and pencil.

I received a letter from Joe Acquista today and I was happy to hear from him again.

Latest reports to reach me have Vince a second officers in the Merchant Marine and you made it sound convincing, so I guess that’s his last stop. Previously, you had him in the Navy and the Army Transportation Corps.

I was surprised to learn that Bib is in the Air Corps, but that’s a lot better than the infantry.

How is everything coming along back there? Have you got a floor in the cellar yet? Is the house paid for to date? And are you going to put steam heat in the house or isn’t it time to start on that yet?

I’m sorry I don’t write to you more often, but in the future, I will try to write more.

I don’t hear much about Rosemarie anymore. Give her a few dozen kisses for me.

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

I’ll be raising your allotment to $45, so be looking for it.

Love and Kisses,


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