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Letter from Joe Damusis

It’s Not Like Times Square

November 27, 1945. Jae Damusis writes a letter to Dad from Tokyo. Damusis is a fellow who Dad befriended early in his army career. Joe is writing shortly after his arrival. This is the only letter in the collection written from post-war 1945 Japan. I find it interesting in that it provides a contemporaneous impression … Continue reading »

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He Really Was Tops.

January 23, 1945: Dad gets a letter from Joe Damusis, a fellow that he struck up a friendship with early in his Army career. From the contents of the letter, it seems that Joe is stationed at Great Bend, Kansas. Joe indicated that his group, the “4503d is definitely being turned into an outfit full … Continue reading »

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I Would Have Stayed… No Matter What

Before we wrap up July of 1944 with the last letter from Stanley for the month, there are a few letters catch up on from both Stella and Vince Morawski. Stella and Vince are cousin Edward Morawski’s sister and brother respectively. They share a few more details about the Eddie’s wedding and Vince tells about … Continue reading »

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News About People You Know

Dad received a couple of letters from friends in June. The first one comes from Stanislaus Kosinki, the director of St Cecilia’s Choir. He writes that “I am very glad that you are still on this side of the ocean and hope the Nazis will collapse before you are sent over.” He also writes that … Continue reading »

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I Have Tasted the Mud of Kansas

Next up is a pair of letters from Joe Damusis, a fellow that Dad met while at Savanna Ordnance School in early 1943, and a letter from Prof. Stanislaus Kosinski, the director of the choir back home. Joe updates Dad on what he has been up to, including the locations of his most recent assignments. … Continue reading »

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I’m Doin’ It

December 30, 1943. Joe Damusis takes advantage of a slow period towards the end of the year to write to Dad. Joe is still at Pendleton Field in Oregon where he is with the Headquarters of the 11th Service Group in the Office of the Commanding Officer. He updates Dad with the latest news on … Continue reading »

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After This Cursed War

November 9, 1943. Dad’s friend, Joe Damusis, writes him a letter. Joe is still stationed at Pendleton Field in Oregon. Joe marks his 10 month anniversary in the Army, updates Dad on a few of the guys that they both met in Basic Training in Miami Beach, writes about getting together after the war and … Continue reading »

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Some of the Swellest Guys

October 5, 1943. A letter to Dad from Joe Damusis. Dad met Joe while he was at Savanna Ordnance School during the last two weeks in February 1943 and they have kept in touch since.  Joe has just returned back to Pendleton Field, Oregon from a furlough during which he traveled back home to Brooklyn. … Continue reading »

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The “Daisy Patch”

This next entry covers letters from two friends; the first is dated August 6, 1943 from Stanley Miskiewicz who is stationed at Seymour Johnson Field in North Carolina, where from the content of some of his previous letters it seems he is serving in some sort of a medical capacity. He congratulates Dad on his promotion … Continue reading »

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You Know the Army

June 14, 1943, Dad’s friend, Joe Damusis, whom he met at Savanna Ordnance Training School in Illinois, writes to him. Joe’s letter is interesting in that he provides some detail on where some of the other guys who they both met at Savanna have ended up. As a point of context the letter is being … Continue reading »

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