Letters from the Pacific # 40

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Letter # 40

April 8, 1945 Monday

Dear Mom,
I haven't received any mail from you in a few days so this will be another one of my short letters.

I flew my 19th mission yesterday and now have a total of 158:30 combat hours or 37.7 points.

Here's something else that I want. I'd like you to send me about three CBI shoulder patches. That stands for the China-Burma-India theatre and they're shaped like a shield. You can't mistake them because there's nothing like it. Freddy, if he's home, can get them for you. I don't know where they can be obtained uptown but there's any number of places downtown where they are available. Don't forget my silver bars. If you send that stuff by package it will take months to arrive so please send them air mail.

The weather here is beautiful at the present time. The sun is shining brightly and there is a cool breeze blowing across our area. It's times like these that I feel so satisfied. When the rains come I'll probably feel a lot different although I'll be well equipped.

I have a raincoat and a pair of rubber hip boots which I obtained from the Navy.

We're still sleeping on the ground but we've ordered some bamboo from which we'll make a tent floor and frame. Some of the boys have them and they're quite nice and comfortable.

I'm enclosing some more money to hold for me. I'll have quite a collection when I come home.

That's about all I have to say so I'll say goodbye.

My regards to all

Love Avy

P.S. Don't forget the patches and bars.

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