22 December 1943
I received your generous gift of cigarettes and your newsy letter of goings on at Bryant and I want to thank you all. It's swell to here [sic] from you all again.
Things are fine in this part of the country, but it is very cold. We don't mind the weather though because after all we are the best dressed army in the world.
Well thanks again for the cigarettes and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. I hope your Christmas dinner is as good as mine. No rationing in the Army you know.
Cpl. Jos. A. Houle, Jr.
Cpl. Joseph A. Houle, Jr.