Marion Peterson writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oden Peterson
Somewhere in Germany
April 16, 1945
How are all of you? Fine, I hope. I've been busy and traveling so fast
that I can hardly tell how I am. I do know that time for letter-writing
is very scarce, thus the delay in my writing to you. Aside from being
good and tired sometimes, I have been well and as happy as one could
expect under the circumstances.
As you know, no doubt, I have been
moving fast and furious in the 80th Division manner; ever onward. In the
past two weeks, I have covered much territory and traveled through and
stayed in many of Germany's historic and famous cities. I have enjoyed
it all in one sense of the word. I don't mean, by any means, that I
liked the battles we have had, but since the resistance we
encountered was light and scattered, I had plenty opportunity to see the
cities and and to observe the ever-changing landscape.
In addition to interesting sights, etc., you must realize that the
"road to victory" is a joyous one for the soldier. Morale is high with
me and it sure helps one along a tough road. I can't tell you my exact
location, but not so long ago I visited in the German cities of Weimar,
Jena and Gera. If things continue to go well I don't see how the
war can last much longer over here.
Our victories over here have been marred by the death of President
Roosevelt. The news was very much of a shock to us all. I suppose the
world will go right along with someone else in his place, but it is hard
to see just now. It seemed that so much of the burden of these troubled
times rested on his shoulders and everyone looked to him as the lead man
in solving the countless world problems that are coming.
How true it is that God's will is sometimes strange and hard for us
to understand. It is no less true that we must trust God to lend his
willing hand in guidance to the successor in the White House.
Mail has been coming through in spurts. I haven't heard from you for
some time now, however, several of Rosetta's letters have come through
in good season. I guess it's because of so much moving that the mail is
slow. I know it's on the way and one of these days I'll get a whole
truckload of letters.
Rosetta sent the camera and I got hold of several films so I have
been taking quite a few pictures. The big problem is going to be getting
them developed. I'll just have to wait until someone goes on pass to
Paris and send them with them. I can't send undeveloped film home.
We have been doing a lot of our own cooking lately and we have a lot
of fun doing it. We are issued rations that just have to be warmed up
and then we help ourselves to German food such as potatoes, canned
goods, eggs, etc. We always take over a complete apartment house when we
have to stay in one town for more than two hours or so. That way we have
a good place to cook and rest. Believe me, we take full advantage of all
facilities for our convenience.
Well, I guess I had better close for this time. Hope I can be more
prompt with my next letter. Hope you are not working too hard and also
that this finds you in the best of health.
Say hello to everyone for me and tell them to write a line once in a