Service Co. 128 Inf. APO #32
c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif
16 January 1944
Bryant College Service Club
Providence, Rhode Island
U. S. A.
Somewhere in New Guinea
Your letter of December the 8th arrived here yesterday, so before I let any more grass grow under my feet, I'm going to get off an acknowledgment.
Noted that you've been kind enough to remember me with a Christmas package...thanks...it hasn't arrived here yet due to poor mail service to this point, but it will be something to look forward to. I'll let you know if and when I get it.
Don't think you'd particularly care for this piece of geography...can't understand why the Japs ever wanted this place, but then, every man to his own taste. It's hotter than ____, and there are a million and one different types of insects which look as if they were dreamed up by Rube Goldberg. Of course, there are the beaches, palm trees, moonlight, and,[sic] but I'd much rather take it from a seat in an air-cooled theater...Hollywood always does a better job than the original.
As for the local belles, well just give me Dorothy Lamour, she at least wears a sarong and leaves a little to the imagination. As for the men they wear a combination doiley and tablecloth, and they lead the parade, both fashion and otherwise.
You'd almost swear from what I've written that I didn't really love this place, well you're not wrong there.
No more space or ability to put words together to make sense so I'd better close.
Bye for now,