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Byron Armbruster World War II Papers: Transcripts - MS 984

Byron ArmbrusterĀ Correspondence to Parents, November 17 - 30, 1943

November 21, 1943

21 Nov 43

Dear Folks -

I was out for a few days and upon my return, I had four letters awaiting me. 1 was from Eloise, one from Marcille and one from Emma. I've received frou packages, Garnets, Marcilles, mother's and Fredian. Eloise wrote that she has sent the pop corn and razor blades, that I requested.

I now weigh eleven stones and two pounds (156 ibs.)

I've been sitting here now for an hour writing a line, then "shootin the bull," and then writing some more. We are really one big family and what one has he shares with the rest. At present, we are eating the prunes that Fredian sent. Our food here is very good, but we like to peace, in between time. Tell Emma that I might be able to arrange to visit Mrs. Cheneys sisters, if I get their address.

Can't think of much to write, so best of luck until next time.

With Love,

P.S. Hows Dwight?

November 22, 1943

22 Nov. 43

Dear Folks,

I can't remember if I have already told you or not, that I visited Sherborne with a friend of mine, that has a girl friend from the States that is a nurse here in England. We had a nice time talking about Ohio. They are both from Warren. Last nite we visited some English friends that we have met. The Mr. is a vicar. They live only a five minute walk from camp. We took some pop corn along and popped it over the fire in the fireplace. We also had cake and coffee. They had never seen anyone pop corn before. Please send me some more corn, please. We certainly enjoy it.

Are you watching the papers. If so you can see what is taking place.

Hoping all are well and wishing you a Happy New Year.

With Love,

P.S. Hi Clorrie, I know you will get to read this. Love, Byron.

November 24, 1943

24 Nov. '43

Dear Folks -

To-morrow is Thanksgiving but I guess some of our turkey must be in the bottom of the ocean, as we are not having the amount that everyone thinks we are. However we are having a good meal altho we haven't time to lay off for the day. One can give thanks and still continue to work.

Yesterday I received a package from the Brinkmans and one from the factory. Both were certainly grand.

Of course, I knew John Wright was dead. Don't you understand? When was that letter written?

I received your letter today, containing the Address of Mrs. Cheney's sister. If I get to London, I'll look her up. A month ago to-day, I was in Liverpool. I wish you could have seen it, you in the States would indeed feel that you have something to be thankful for.

We are getting along O.K. I received a letter from Kenny yesterday. Tell him to stay where he is, if possible. Ratings don't mean a thing. This war can't go on forever.

Best of wishes to all,

November 30, 1943

30 Nov. '43

Dear Folks -

I spent a few days in London and took an escorted tour of the city. If it were permissable, I would write a ten or twelve page letter on what I have seen, both bitter and sweet, however that isn't possible and I only have one comment to make, at this time. I'm afraid you people from the States fail to realize how fortunate you have been.

From my observation, the Red Cross is doing more for the Service men here than any other organization. One of the hostess here knows Mary Alice Jackson. I also saw Junior Spiste.... name on a registration book, in another city.

The war seems to be going along O.K. I hope I'll be able to spend Christmas of 44 at home.

I have a quite a collection of gums, razor blades, toilet articles and candy, that I have received in my Christmas packages. There isn't another thing that I need. Thanks a lot.

Assuring you that I am O.K. and as long as I am here I shall take in all I can and tell you about it when the war is over. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.


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