Letters from the Pacific # 48

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Letter # 48

May 7, 1945

Dear Mom,
I have three letters of yours to answer, April 16th, 19th and 23rd and I decided that it was about time to write. I also received the silver bars and the CBI patches for which I thank you very much. By the way, congratulations on my promotion are not in order because I haven't been promoted yet. The recommendation is in and that's all.

Yesterday I completed another mission bringing my total missions to 25 and my combat hours to 211:20. There are rumors floating about that they may extend the number of points necessary to go home. If anything, they should decrease them due to the success in the European theatre. We're looking for a lot of replacements over here in a very short time. In the meantime we're just struggling along.

I got paid on May 1st and there is $170.00 on the way home via the same route as the last $350.00. You'll probably receive it in about a month. As you probably know our targets have been on Formosa and China. CBI stands for China-Burma-India and since we bomb china we are authorized to wear the shoulder patch.

I finally received one of Max Zigas' packages. It's condition was poor and all I salvaged was a bottle of salted nuts and some cigarettes. On further examination I found the cigarettes were moldy so I'll sell them to the natives.

The weather has been pretty nice lately and the nights are starting to get warmer. I now use only one blanket singled to keep me warm at night.

We have coca-colas nearly every day and ice cream about three times a week. It's about time that we got some of those luxuries here. We go to the show about three times a week and play ball every day available. I'm really brown now.

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

My regards to all

Love Avy

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