World War II
Third United States Army
New York, New York
9 December 1944
Bryant Service Club
It is no use--I cannot think of any other way to say THANK YOU for the lovely Christmas package. I have been trying to discover a new way to express my gratitude in a different manner ever since I received your gift which came this afternoon. After giving the subject much consideration, I must revert to the stock phrase. Sincerely, I thank you very very much for your thoughtfulness and appreciate greatly your remembering me.
Nothing brings us so close to the old gang as something from the old gang. It is a wonderful feeling and one which is very hard to describe. I remember having a small part in the organization of your Club. It afforded me a great deal of pleasure to know that at least I was doing my part, in a minute way, to cheer a “fella” up. Now, I am able to state from experience that the Bryant Service Club is a noteworthy institution which is composed of the very best of morale builders. Your focused efforts are meritorious and worthy of commendation.
We all trust that Hitler’s paranoia will result in his downfall. It cannot take place any too soon for most of us. I make occasional trips to the front and have observed our artillery and air force at work. The bombardment of shells and aerial bombs is terrific and I do not understand how Jerry and his pals withstand it. This fracas cannot last much longer. I wish I had the time to relate some of my experiences, but unfortunately (perhaps fortunately for you) I do not.
Please accept my sincere wishes for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR and the best of luck in all your endeavors.
Also please remember me to President Jacobs and his staff and all the members of the Bryant Service Club.
Nicholas C. Coracci [Transcription ends]