November 12, 1943. A short letter from Professor Stanislaus Kosinski to Dad. Kosinski is the director of St. Cecelia’s Choir to which Stanley and Dad belonged before being drafted into the Army. Kosinski brings Dad up to speed on news about the choir. It looks like Kosinski’s son Ted has also been drafted. With the war going on the choir has been losing several members to the Army, and the effect is being felt.
Kosinski mentions that he received a letter from Stanley. He admits “his new address made me somewhat apprehensive”. Kosinski writes “Within one year the choir has lost four valuable members and all from the bass section. For a small group like ours it was a severe loss. On account of insufficient numbers of male voices the chior work has become rather tedious, with only slight results.” Nonetheless, the choir is planning a recital for December 5.
Kosinski’s son was also called up. He writes, “Ted, as you probably know has been inducted and left for Camp Upton on September 22. Two weeks later he was moved to the City College in New York, the reassignment center for specialized training. Since this is so near to the home, he has already made three short weekend visits.”
A member of the choir visited Kosinski while home on a furlough. “A few weeks ago one Sunday afternoon Henry Waskiweicz came to see us…. I have not seen him since …he entered the Navy… Henry told me he was already on a convoy duty somewhere on the southwest coast of Africa, and he was on Long Island waiting for ship.”
Kosinski writes that that the members of the choir who have been called up to duty are not forgotten. He writes, “I assure you that we are thinking of you and praying for you. I often mention the names of boys in the service before the choir if there is an occasion and sometimes without any occasion.”
Finally, Kosinski encloses a clipping about Pfc. John Cazasta, a fellow from the neighborhood being held as a prisoner by the Nazis. When Dad send the clipping home in a subsequent letter he mentions to Anna that Cazasta lives on Beverly Avenue and that Anna went to school with Cazasta’s sister.
John Cazasta’s findagrave memorial can be found here.