His brother Bob muses in the last letter about whether Babe could have come home after VE Day.
I visited the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis on Friday. There wasn't much to see. The file mostly contained my correspondence from 20 years ago. But there was some new information about Babe's war injury.
A little detour to look into the 64th General Hospital in Livorno, Italy, where Babe spent a significant portion of his time overseas.
Contrasting the less-than-12-hour hospital stay when my daughter had an appendectomy against a nearly two-month hospitalization Babe endured after his combat injury when he was "slightly wounded in the right fifth toe." Times have changed, and apparently WWII helped spark some of that change.
The last three 1944 letters I've transcribed from Babe have relatively large gaps between them — July 22, Aug. 6 and Aug. 31 — and they seem to give a little hint about where he might be.