NOTE: The following was previously published, but due to an Associated Content publishing error only a portion of the content was published. I requested that AC fix the problem, but got no response. Therefore, I have republished with the hope that the entire content will now be available. The previously published content ended abruptly in the third paragraph and had no link to a second page.
The following is a letter that my father, Sargent John W. Kendall, Jr., wrote shortly after arriving in southern France from Italy. My father was a mechanic in the 157th Infantry, 45th Division (http://www.45thdivisionmuseum.com/ ).
Southern France, August 24, 1944
Dear Mom, Dad & Kids,
Well I hope you aren’t too much surprised to get a letter from me after so long, but the chances were just all against me getting or mailing any letters. But yesterday, after 3 weeks or more, I finally got some mail.
I expect you have been keeping up with the news. Well, I was helping to make the news, so was pretty much on the go. Things here are a lot better than Italy. There isn’t as much fighting yet anyway. Jerry [Nazis] is running so fast we have to hurry to keep up, but that is just what we like.
I got the 6-cent note from you yesterday. Was glad to get it, but if you spend 6-cents why not write a letter and get your money’s worth. Hazel [wife] writes 3-cent Letters. I also heard from Betty [sister], Aunt Myrtle & 3 letters from Hazel.
I sure like this country a lot better than Italy. The people are a lot more help and are real nice. The kids all beg candy though, just like Italy. But, poor things haven’t had any for 4 years. The Jerrys take everything they want, just like they did in Italy.
I owe everyone a letter, but guess I will just take it easy and catch up on V-Mail. This country is like the foothills of Colorado, sorta pretty. But, I just learned to speak Italian, then we come over here. Now I have to learn all over again. But, it is a lot the same, so maybe it will be easier, I hope.
My biggest job is keeping tires on this bunch of jeeps. Maybe the war will be over pretty soon, then that won’t bother me.
I guess I will call it off for now. Will try to do better next time. So bye bye, tell everyone hello for me. How is Sis, Dave & Ike [sister & brothers] doing?
Lotza Love, as always, Tex
For those interested in WWII, the 45thInfantry Division has an excellent museum located at, 2145 N.E. 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. A few additional letters that my father wrote are located on the museum’s web site.