Sgt. Tom Ellis, 3100[?]83
Hq. VI Corps. APO 306
c/o Postmaster, N.Y.C.
27 November 1943
Bryant Service Club
The Field, Italy
Dear Service Club,
Mighty pleased to receive your swell and newsy Christmas V-letter which came today. Been sometime since I had some news about some of the alumni and goings on back there at the alma mater.
Glad to hear Bill Aguiar ’40; my class, is safe and that Ben Scuda is also safe and which I had heard about some time ago. Some surprising news about Mr. Naylor taking the big step as I remember him as the confirmed bachelor. My congratulations to him. The news about the other marriages is interesting too as I knew them all.
Since you have last heard from me I’ve done quite some traveling and have had some harrowing experiences as I landed on this land that very first day of the invasion. To all those studying shorthand tell them they should try it imagining planes overhead, bombs bursting and big guns booming ~ really some problem at such a time. I hear now and then from some of the fellows and they all seem to be doing fine.
To the club and all I wish a Very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Tom Ellis ‘40 [Transcription ends]