letters from Sidney Mosner, 1944-45

April 7, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I hope you are all feeling well on this Passover eve. I am waiting for services to start at the chapel. Later we will have "seder. ... I got my dog tags, chain, sterling silver by the way!"

April 10, 1944 Sidney to Sylvia

"I was interviewed and classified. My suggestion classification is as lab assistant. It may not mean much as the basic camp may change it..."

April 16, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I got my shipping orders last Tuesday evening at Camp Upton to places unknown..."

April 17, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"...if you're in the hospital for 6+ days, you start the 17 week cycle over again and I don't want to do that..."

April 17, 1944 postcard, Sidney to Sylvia

"Your letter today sure peps up my morale. So please, yes I said, please, try to drop me a card or letter every day."

April 21, 1944, Sidney to Doris

"I have been in the army for 15+ days. To be perfectly truthful, I'd much rather be home."

April 22, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Walked 1 hr. in the rain today thru Georgia slush and mud, unequalled by any other state. 2 guys passed out after the shots but I took it all right."

April 22, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I thought I would drop you a line while I wait for my call to come through. Write soon."

April 29, 1944 Sidney to Sylvia

"Still thinking of you, wish you were here. This card explains my sentiments."

April 29, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Did I tell you I went on a 7.1 or 7.6 mile hike yesterday? Here are all the gruesome details..."

May 11, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Whenever they need kp men, I'm it... Luckily I had a make up class at 6:15 p.m. and so I got out of some of the dirty work, like cleaning the stoves."

May 15, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Keep punching on that theory and codes. E=IR, etc. Give my regards everyone.

May 23, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"I'm hoping, hoping and hoping for something..."

July 8, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

I thought that you would like to keep abrest of the latest Southern Telephone news..."

July 9, 1944, Sidney to Doris

"In a very few moments, I'll be on my way to see the 'White Cliffs of Dover'. I think it will be good."

July 13, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"So you are vacationing at Lakeside? Gee but I hope I were there. This army drudge is miserable."

July 19, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"And how did you enjoy your vacation?...I start, as haven't told you often enough, my 14 day bivouac. So if I get my expected delay en route I should be home within a month's time..."

July 20, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Just a few words to say I'll be on my way home in about a month."

Sept. 4, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I didn't work hard today. Just a bit of physical exercise..."

Sept. 8, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Today I saw a picture or rather a training film, "POM", "Preparations for Overseas Movement."...

Sept. 9, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Tomorrow I have platoon field problems. They promise to be whoppers. I'll be firing live rounds as I move up. Hope no one gets hurt."

Sept. 9, 1944, Sidney to Doris

"Honestly, this place gives me the willies..."

Sept. 11, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"And why haven't I heard from you? I do spend my evenings here, sometimes, but I prefer the Service Club."

Sept. 19, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"This boy, 18, from the Bronx, Fred Saldrich, died suddenly Sunday evening. No one seems to know the events of his death. Anyway, some men in his regiment, the 309th, are getting sulfa tables..."

Sept. 19, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"Now tell me some little tidbits about New York. I should be very glad to hear about it."

Sept. 21, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

..."I say but it is warm. Had another clothing check. It is driving me batty."

Sept. 21, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"It may not be too long before I shove off for the staging area and P.O.E....I hope it is New York."

Sept. 28, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Let me hear from you soon. I may not get your letter (in answer to this one) at this camp, as we will move out soon."

Oct. 2, 1944

change of address

Oct. 3, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I am sorry that I did not write you sooner. I know you will realize the stress of these times...If this letter seems barren, please don't mind."

Oct. 10, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Gee, but I'm tired. I was going to go to the movies, but the caressing arms of Morpheus overtook me."

Oct. 10, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"I just heard that we are 325 miles from Berlin. I wonder who will get there first, the Russians or the Americans?"

Oct. 11, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I guess that I am and will always complain. This time it is the weather. I freeze in the morning and boil later on in the afternoon."

Oct. 12, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"You will not hear from me as often in the very near future because of the exceeding heavy training schedule anticipated. I hope this will lessen your anxiety."

Oct. 14, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I know that you will recognize the stress that I am under. I can state that I am well, and I hope you are too."

Oct. 27, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Greetings and salutations from Merry Old England...The weather has been particularly nasty. It is so cold here that my canteen of water almost froze last night."

Oct. 31, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"If my thoughts are incoherent, blame the sea sickness that I suffered for the first few days on board ship. I heard yesterday that the Philippines were invaded. We get the news over the wireless..."

Nov. 1, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"When I receive my pass next week, I plan on visiting London. The Red Cross representative told us today that it is one of the most lovely places in the world to visit."

Nov. 6, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I was just issued the European Campaign Ribbon, which I am permitted to wear on my blouse."

Nov. 8, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I can readily see from this letter that this is nothing but a gripe session. So bear with me."

Nov. 13, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I'm glad to hear that you are getting along so well with your course in telegraphy. Keep to it! Say, if you do not hear from me in the next few days, I shall be extremely busy with training."

Nov. 29, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I am glad that I received 26 letters today: this represents an accumulation of better than two weeks and there is more to come. I am glad to hear that you are doing so well with the War Fund."

Nov. 30, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"I feel as though I have just completed a Cook's tour of the world, from England to France and then to Belgium. I have just finished a hectic day of k.p. and now I am trying desperately to catch up on my correspondence..."

Nov., no date, written at sea

"This boat is rocking and rolling so, that I think I shall have a time writing...This is just a short note to let you know that I am feeling well. I hope the same is true with you and your family."

Nov. 30, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"....Pounds and shillings monetary system is no so different. It is just a matter of getting used to it..."

December 2, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I had a march this morning of 9-10 km...Along the way, the generous civilians were passing out the most delicious apples..."

Dec. 3, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"I took a shower in a Franciscan monastery. That experience completely surprised me."

Dec. 4, 1944, Sidney to Irene

"I understand that Doris is taking the reporter shorthand examination. I know that she'll make the grade. I read that Tokyo has been bombed again."

Dec. 19, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Gee, I'm in luck. Yesterday a fellow handed me a wad of air mail stationery..."

Jan. 1, 1945, Sidney to Irene

"I'm back for a 48 hour rest in the homiest home in town. We eat on plates and use silverware, German of course...But like Cinderella at midnight, this all will end eventually."

Jan. 10, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"That Christmas party that Seymour threw for the gang sounds wonderful. Imagine hot pastrami sandwiches, cokes, and the like."

Jan. 13, 1944, Sidney to Sylvia

"Guess what? I entertained brass yesterday in my dugout. Now don't get excited? It was only our regimental commander, the colonel.... Keep me posted on the home front news."

Jan. 16, 1945, Sidney to Sylvia

"Just a few words to let you know that I am well. Your package was well received in these quarters."

Jan. 7, 1945, Sylvia to Sidney

(Sylvia's last letter to Sidney, sent on January 8th, ten days before he was killed Germany in the Battle of the Bulge. The letter never reached him and was returned to Sylvia, the envelope stamped "Missing".)

Feb. 5, 1945, Doris to Sidney

Doris' last letter to Sidney