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Letter from Harrison A. Talbot, Headquarters Company, 17th Marine Regiment (Engineers), 1st Marine Division in Australia, to Mrs. Florence I. Splaneman, in Oshkosh, WI. PFC. Harrison A. Talbot Hg. Co. 1st Bn. 17th Marines C/o F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif. May 28, 1944 Dear Florence, Since I have been overseas I have received many letters from you. They all contained the news of recent events on or near Delaware St. you always reminded me to write to Audrey, Ma & my Mother. Now I am taking time out to write to you. There isn't much going on right now, the reason being that it is Sunday. We just had chow. Fried Spam, corn, dehy-spuds [dehydrated potatoes], bread & jam, & Lemonade. The army doesn't seem to go for Spam, but we consider it a treat. We get plenty of Vitamins etc. Somehow tho [though], dehydrated just isn't as good as the old fashioned kind. Saw a movie last night. Also one the night before. You see we get entertainment. Mail gets here in record time so that makes it nice too. We have a P.X. at which we can get toilet articles, candy, some books, stationary, etc. I know what an air raid is & also how friendly the bottom of a foxhole can be. Even if it is all mud. I like coconuts & coconut milk. I am learning which ones are best for the meat & which for the milk. Time goes pretty fast, when you move around so it won't be long before I'm home. The way I figure it I should arrive in Oshkosh at 4:15 P.M., August 32, 1949. I know a little bit about Australia & I met a girl who had her own teeth. "Fair Dinkum"! I guess I'll have to sign off for now. Say! I mailed a watch home for repairs about April 23, Please let me know if it has arrived yet. Love to All, Harrison
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