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Letter from Captain Harry Meeleus, to his wife, Helen Meeleus, from a prisoner of war camp. Written on January 2, 1945, but not received until April 10, 1945 Dearest Helen: Am now a prisoner in Germany. Was captured Dec. 16. Walked all day Christmas. Weather was bad. Walked over [censored] Everybody must have prayed a lot or I surely wouldn't be alive now, keep it up. I am well and safe now. Food is not plentiful & we can use all the food we can get. My waist line is down 4 inches, don't know how much I lost in weight. Feel pretty good though. Weather here is about the same as home. Money means nothing here. We can get all the mail we can get, but limited to writing. You will get most of my letters. You advise folks and others. Tell everybody to write me. Wish my mother a happy birthday please. I lost every bit of equipment and clothing I had. Send me two small bowl pipes. Send all the cigarette and pipe tobacco you can. If I don't use it (don't think I will), I can trade it. Send tobacco pouch, matches, and pipe cleaners. Here are other things I need: light weight wool socks; handkerchiefs; toothbrush & container; tooth paste; towel; wash cloth; soap dish with cover; razor with blades; shave brush; comb; steel mirror; finger nail file and clippers or shears; plenty staple food; chocolate; boy scout knife; ever sharp leads & eraser (same type as yours); knife, fork, and table spoon. Contact American Red Cross for advise. Send whatever you can and when you can. Nothing too much we can write about from here. Might be transferred to officer's camp later. Don't worry. Accommodations not too good, very crowded. Best of everything to you and everybody else. Hope you are well and happy. Send regards to all. Never got Xmas package. All my love & kisses, Harry. 2 Jan. 1945.
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