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Iowa City, 1943
4/13/2011 7:31:06 AM
A young Army soldier confined to base in Iowa City during World War Two.
Iowa City, Iowa
Oct. 17, 1943

Dear Grace,

How are you, Pal? Iím back again and late as usual. I hope youíre not angry with me because of that. I try to do my best and sometimes I donít do so hot. Iíve been restricted or confined to quarters this weekend, feeling pretty good after 5 hours of drill! Last Friday our C.O. caught 8 of us missing from bed check and detailed us for the weekend with no passes! We drilled and cleaned our whole house. We just got done at 4:30 and couldnít go to town at all anyway. I think maybe Iíll be restricted next week also.
The reason is we received special permission from our Colonel to go to a party in Cedar Rapids that was given for us ďCzechsĒ by the Czech people of Cedar Rapids yesterday. There were only about 50 soldiers or so and plenty of girls. I danced and drank beer all night. Met a heck of a lot of beautiful girls and had a hell of a good time. Even on the trolley coming back we sang and shouted and put on a show for everyone including civilians. Everyone liked it. We even went so far as having individual acts by all of us. We had a glorious night and met the friendliest people anyone can hope to meet.
Keep that coffee pot warm because Iíll see you very soon. Iíve heard from Bob about a week ago and he says heís fine. My brother-in-law Ray is overseas and canít say much as yet. Tell Bill I said ďHello.Ē
Grace, so long and donít forget that cup of coffee.

Your Pal.

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