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May 26, 2013

HOPKINS: Notes to home on Memorial Day

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Jan. 27, 1945, France:

“Dear Brother Bill,

“Received your letter of Jan. 13th today and sure was glad to hear form you and hope this letter finds you all well. The boys’ packages were swell. I got a kick out of the books as did several of the boys as they go for them cartoon books in a big way. This country is pretty fair but nothing like the States. As you say, there is plenty of mud around and it sticks like concrete. I sure was sorry to hear about Junior just when he was to start out in life. Maybe someday I will get a chance to even the score and I will. We are eating good and get our cigarette ration quite regular but some times run low. Give Lil and the boys my best wishes. So long best of luck to you.”

Charles

Apr. 3, 1945, France:

“Dear Brother,

Received your letter also Billy’s and Bobby’s letters and was darn glad to hear from you. I am a little late in answering as I was busy at the time. Well I am feeling fine and hope this letter finds you Lil and the boys feeling the best. I am getting around quite a lot but would rather be in the States any day as there is no place like the good old U.S.A. Time sure is flying when a guy is kept busy but I guess it won’t always be like that because after all this dam thing will be over some day I think and hope. Best luck to all.”

Charles

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