V-Mail Letter

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Admin/Biog History John E. Elbert was the pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located at the south east corner of Bowen and School. His wife's name was Ella J. Elbert.
Classification Archives
Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract V-Mail Letter from Private Arthur Zarling, Headquarters Company, 104th Infantry Division, to Reverend John E. Elbert. V-Mail letters were photographed on film. The film was then sent overseas and printed in smaller size back in the US. This greatly reduced to bulk of mail from soldiers.

Sept. 12, 1944
Dear Rev. Elbert:

This is the quickest and the only way I have at hand to let you know that I'm no longer in the U.S.A. but in France. It's a great experience that will last me a lifetime. We get along fine with the French people. I had a very smooth and uneventful crossing. The ocean is a good place-for fish. The only real difficulty we have is the time it takes mail to go and come. I imagine we'll get used to it tho [though].

I have had the opportunity to visit two cities that took a terrific pounding. They were Cherbourg and Valogne. The Americans really drove them out of ingenious fortifications. To the untrained eye it would see like an ingenious and impenetrable mass but thru [through] the Will & Grace of God they stormed them. The food situation is acute but we find our cooks doing the best they can and it's seldom we go hungry. The natives here really have it tough but just tighten their belts and grin & bear it. For not being responsible for what's happening they sure took it on the chin.

Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.4.1
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Zarling, Arthur
Subjects World War II
United States Army
War destruction & pillage
War damage
European Theater of Operations
Title V-Mail Letter
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