Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy

 Military Letters, WWII

As found in old newsletters.
Transcribed by barbara stallman-speck

Restored   Thursday, March 04, 2010  


Kenobbie, Don
To his father from overseas                                            March 1945

Received your letter of the 16th tonight and I will say that I was more than glad to hear from you and that you are alright. Why you don't get any more of my letters than you do beats me. I have written to you and also to Mother many the time, but no answer, so evidently, they don't pass the censor. So will try it again and hope that this reaches you and finds you all in the pink of health and spirits.
    As for me, I am in better spirits tonight than I have been at any one time since arriving in the E.T.O. Really, the news tonight has been something to boost the  morale of everyone; here and on the home front as well. The Russians are less than 100 miles from Berlin and it seems as though they will maintain their pace until the breeding bins for bastards has been reduced to ashes. Let's all hope so anyway.
    Personally, I think that they must for, for a while at least, slacken in their drive to enable them to bring up fresh troops and the ever vital supplies that are needed for such a large scale offensive. It may be that has already been accomplished; if so, the drive will continue and our chances of getting home in '45 will be darn good.
     France was, at one time, I imagine, a very beautiful and progressive nation as a whole. Today, however, it lies in ruins. You cannot possibly visualize the effects that modern warfare has on a nation insofar as destruction is concerned, until you have virtually witnessed some of it. We have passed over and also through some cities, villages, hamlets and even the farm dwellings that have been completely obliterated; nothing remains of what once were peaceful homes and industrial and business places.Yes, the tide of war has certainly left marks on this section of the globe. Just thank God Almighty that it has never reached the shores  of the country which we are fighting for; that place we call home.
    Yes Fritz, it is as you say; I seem to be always going up and down the ladder. But it is just at times when the going gets tough and some lousy %#$@! pulls his brass on you that the fireworks really cut loose. That's what I like to tell them even if it does mean losing all that I have earned. At least I have the satisfaction of satisfying myself that I am just as darn good, and maybe better, than the majority of them. To some it may not seem worthwhile, but what the heck, this war isn't going to last forever, so I don't let those little ups and downs bother me a whole lot.
    We have had a real touch of winter here and I suppose it has been a little on the wintry side back in good old South Dakota. Mother said it had been colder than cold there for some time. Don't suppose you can do much driving  this time of the year, especially if there is any amount of snow. How has the harvest been this past year and do you plan on much acreage this year? You never mention these things in any of your letters and i was kind of wondering if you had gotten rid of all of your land or leased it out.
    Got a little work to do yet tonight so I had better get going before it gets too late. Be sure to answer soon and I'll try to be more prompt also. Until then, be good and don't let the gals get you down. If local papers don't explain the shortage of tobacco in combat zones, I'll enlighten you in my next letter.




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