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Byron Armbruster World War II Papers: Transcripts - MS 984
1 April '44
Dear Folks -
To-morrow is Palm Sunday, so shall try and get into town for services. I intended to get a pass and visit Charles Benecke and take Communion with him Easter, being there are no Lutheran churches near here, but my leave has been canceled, so that's that. Mother, I want to thank you, Frida, Eloise and Emma for being so faithful in your letter writing. I'm afraid my moral wouldn't be so good if it were not for your short but frequent chats by mail. I think I receive all my mail. I receive an average of two or three a day, so you all see you can't expect me to write that many a day. I do good if I write three a week. That last North-west I received was dated February 24th. Pretty late news, isn't it? I enjoyed it just the same.
I hope Bert and Kenny will be able to be home for Easter. If I were in the States, I know I would make a special effort to be there.
Wish I could tell you more but its not the wisest thing to do, so in closing I hope you had a happy Easter and pray that I shall be able to spend one in Ohio, with you both.
6 April '44
Dear Folks -
I really could write the limited amount of news that I have on a V-mail but I'm writing this air mail because I'm enclosing a few snaps. Very poor, I must say but after all, they are the only ones I have taken.
If you would be so kind as to send me a couple rolls of films, number 116, I may be able to take a few better pictures. I have heard that films are very difficult to get, even in the States.
I received a county paper to-day, five weeks after publication. Hot news isn't it? I read where Russell Rohrs was married. Why is he now out of the Army? I thought he was in the Cavalry. Well maybe its just one of those things.
I have mailed you a couple of papers, and that small box containing the handkerchief, Did you ever receive them?
I owe each of my sisters a letter but I have no additional news, as I know they often read the letters I write you so tell them I appreciate their writing and to please continue.
If you want to know anything, you ask the questions and I'll answer them if I can.
Always remember that no news is good news and never give up hope.
Hoping you all had a very nice Easter.
7 April '44
Dear Mother -
By the time you receive this letter, Mother's Day will have past by, but I'm assuring you that my thoughts will be with you each hour of the day.
Several of the boys attended the Methodist church, in a nearby town, this morning. This afternoon I'm invited to a tea, at the Hughes They called last nite and said that they had received a letter from Eloise.
Yesterday, I sent home sixty dollars. Let me know when you get it.
To-day is a beautiful day. its now 2:30 P.M. and we just finished taking some pictures, but it takes nearly six or eight weeks to have them developed.
The picture Marcille sent me of Mabels kiddies was certainly a beauty. I'm sorry I haven't a very good place to keep it. I am was glad to see Rose Marie.
I think I'll take a short nap before going to the Hughes' home, as I'll sign off for this time.
... received two letters from Eloise, one from Fredia and one from Emma.
With much Love,
9 April '44
Dear Folks -
This is Easter Sunday. This morning it was rather misty but now (6:00 PM) the sun is shining and it looks nice outside although we have a little wind. A rather peculiar Easter with all the noise overhead.
This morning many from here attended services at a nearby camp. The attendance was around five hundred G.I.'s and a few civilians.
Tell Eloise that I received her box of candy yesterday and thank her very much, also received Marcilles poem and many letters. I must write Eleanor and Stan tonite, even if I have no news.
Write and give me all the news as there certainly isn't any on this end of the line that I can write about.
Emma's letter was a few days late last week end I certainly missed it.
Hoping you all had a nice Easter, and real eggs with all the trimmings and not powdered.
Love to you All,
16 April '44
Dear Mother, Dad and All -
This is a rather dreary Sunday afternoon. We have had no sun so far this day. I worked about an hour this morning. I haven't any news at this writing so shall give you a picture of how we ten boys, in my room are spending the afternoon. Two of them have left for town, three are writing letters, one is strumming a guitar, one polishing shoes, one trying to sleep, one popping some of my corn and the other is just acting a fool, trying to sing. In fact, we all are either singing or humming. So, you see we haven't lost our moral. If it wasn't for mail though, it wouldn't take long. We just finished showing each other the Easter cards we had received. To-day was a mailess day for me.
I think of home nearly everytime I look out of the window. At this moment, just ouside my window are grazing about thirty Durham and Holstein cows. By the way, how much of a herd do I have left? Have you decided to keep the new dog? What have you named her, him or it? write and give me all the news in detail. It's the little things and changes at home that I love to hear about. Emma certainly writes interesting letters and Mom, you do pretty well yourself. I certainly enjoy them. I ask that I may be remembered in your prayers, as much lies ahead of us.
With all my Love,
28 April '44
Dear Folks -
This afternoon I received a North-west dated March 30th the first issue I've received for six or seven weeks. Today I also received a letter from Eloise and Emma. Yesterday I received a nice letter from Mrs. Irwin Bennett, so when you see her, tell her I received it and shall answer it when I have some news. Doris wrote me a nice letter and I answered it yesterday.
Its now 9:30 P.M. (3:30 P.M. your time) and I'm wondering just what you are doing. I just returned from seeing a moving picture shown here in camp, in one of our mens halls, "Sahara" was the name of the picture. This afternoon Steve Francis and myself visited the Hughes, and popped the last of my corn.
This past week has been a very busy one. The above mentioned is all the social life that I had. I worked every nite except Tuesday and to-day was the first Sunday that I had the entire day to myself, for quite some time.
Assuring you everything is O.K. or rather as good as can be expected. Please give my regards to all.
30 April '44
Received Mrs. Brinkmans nice letter yesterday an one from Emma which had been sent to another unit, by mistake. I also received the picture of Mabel's family. The kiddies certainly have grown, of course, I've never seen Rose Marie before. It certainly was a grand picture. One day this week I received the county paper with pops picture on it. I cut it out and pasted it on the wall. One day I received three letters from Eloise.
Yesterday afternoon I went into town and attended the movies, ate supper at the Red Cross and attended a dance in the evening. It's the first I had been into town on my own for a long time.
Will Lauren be going into service soon? If he does, will Frances Mary and Larry move home?
Well folks as usual, news is scarce, so good luck and wishing you the best of everything.
With Much Love,
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