MARCH 10, 1944
YOUR LETTER WRITTEN FEB. 19 WAS RECEIVED AND I WAS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU. I NOTICED YOU SAID YOU HAD NOT HEARD FROM ME FOR FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS; YOUR MAIL CERTAINLY MUST BE PILING UP SOMEWHERE! LAST WEEK I MAILED MY USUAL MONTHLY LETTER TO YOU AND ADDED A SPECIAL NOTE GIVING YOU THE ADDRESSES OF TWO OF THE FELLOWS FROM HERE WHO WERE RECEIVING THEIR MAIL AT 520. SINCE MAILING THAT LETTER, HOWEVER, WORD HAS COME THAT BOOB MCKINLEY HAS BEEN MISSING IN ACTION SINCE FEB. 10.
THERE ARE QUITE A FEW FELLOWS FROM HOME IN ITALY NOW. JOHN RIGGLE, A LIEUTENANT WITH A WATER SUPPLY BATTALION, RAN INTO ZEKE HAMILTON, A CAPTIN IN THE ENGINEERS; THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING QUITE NEAR EACH OTEHR. BOTH OF THESE FELLOWS WORKED IN THE ENGINEERING DEPT. AT THE MILL.
I AM WONDERING IF YOU ARE MAKING OPERATIONAL FLIGHTS NOW, OR JUST WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
BUD REGAN WAS EXPECTED HOME ON A LEAVE BUT WAS TRANSFERRED TO A NEW JOB DOING OFFICE WORK, SO I GUESS HE WAS WILLING TO GIVE UP THE LEAVE JUST NOW IN ORDER TO HAVE THE CHANGE OF WORK. HE DOES NOT KNOW NOW WHEN HE WILL GET HOME.
EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE NOT BEEN GETTING MY LETTERS, I HOPE YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR CHRISTMAS BOOK AND HAVE ENJOYED LOOKING AT THE PICTURES.
I AM ALWAYS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU, MARK, AND I HOPE YOU WILL WRITE AGAIN SOON.
JESSE G. DORSEY
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