|American soldiers on patrol in Leyte, January 1945. (Photo: 182nd Infantry)|
Dear Bill, May, and Joanie,
Today I received your v-mail telling me of Bill's good luck in civilian life once again and I'm very happy for you both. This-I'm sure will make everything simply great. As for myself, I guess you've seen the newsreels and heard the radio broadcasts telling of our victory here in the Philippines. After my second campaign, I'm very fortunate indeed to so well and without a scratch. I'm a lucky guy I guess.
I've just been transferred to Hdq Co. The Colonel of my Battalion thought it a good idea so do I. You see, I'm constantly with him during campaigns, he likes my work and he's tops. Can't be beat. So here I am practically in truth a break for me, so on one of these messages. I'm putting down my new complete Co. address.
Forgive the usage of this message blank. It's the only thing available. I shall write you again shortly. Good luck. Love to Joanie.
Your devoted brother
P.F.C. Arthur Hersh
1st Bn, Hdq Co. 305th Inf
APO 77 c/o PM
San Francisco, Cal