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 Sergeant Harold Treichel, 556th Replacement Company, 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.

V-Mail Letter

Dear Sir,

Received the messenger and prayer book, thanks for it. I'm now somewhere in Italy, they call it sunny Italy, but I call it muddy Italy. It's rained almost every day I've been here, and it's getting cold now, so that makes it worse. I'm not cooking now, am taking Infantry training, and it's a little rough, but I'm getting used to it. The customs of these people are the same as they were years ago, and of course this war has made it a lot more rugged for them. Note the change of address I have. I haven't met anyone I know as yet, but sure would like to, writing this by candle light. That's about all for now.

Harold Treichel
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.7.1
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Zarling, Arthur
Subjects World War II
United States Army
European Theater of Operations
Title V-Mail Letter
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