Major Robert F. Burns

90th Division, U.S. Army

 

War Letters from Europe

Normandy to Germany

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Letters from France

June 22, 1944
June 29, 1944
June 29, 1944 (2nd)
July 6, 1944
July 17, 1944
August 10, 1944
August 14, 1944
August 25, 1944
September 1, 1944
September 2, 1944
September 3, 1944
September 3, 1944 (2nd)
September 14, 1944
September 16, 1944
September 16, 1944 (2nd)
September 17, 1944
September 28, 1944
October 2, 1944
October 14, 1944
October 22, 1944
November 2, 1944
November 12, 1944
November 24, 1944
December 2, 1944
December 27, 1944

Letters from Luxembourg

January 9, 1945
January 16, 1945
January 20, 1945

Letter from Belgium

February 7, 1945

Letters from Germany

February 9, 1945
February 21, 1945
February 23, 1945
February 26, 1945
April 5, 1945
May 5, 1945

Letters from Czechoslovakia

May 10, 1945
May 16, 1945

Letters from Germany

May 19, 1945
May 20, 1945
May 24, 1945
June 3, 1945
June 22, 1945

Letters from France

June 30, 1945
July 3, 1945

Letters from Germany

July 14, 1945
July 27, 1945
July 30, 1945
August 3, 1945
August 14, 1945

Letters from France

August 26, 1945
August 28, 1945
August 29, 1945

Letters from Germany

September 9, 1945
September 11, 1945
September 13, 1945
September 15, 1945
September 17, 1945
September 23, 1945
September 27, 1945
October 1, 1945
October 9, 1945

Letters from France

October 13, 1945
October 15, 1945
October 22, 1945
November 5, 1945
November 17, 1945
November 17, 1945 (2nd)
November 23, 1945
November 30, 1945
December 17, 1945
December 17, 1945 (2nd)
December 18, 1945
December 26, 1945
January 2, 1946

Letters from Belgium

January 14, 1946
January 15, 1946
January 17, 1946
January 17, 1946 (2nd)

Letters from France

January 21, 1946
January 24, 1946

France

October 22, 1944

Dear Mom,

The mail is a little confused these days. Your letter of October 5 came yesterday while your letter of October 11 arrived two days ago. Several days ago I had a letter from Grace and John both. Many thanks for all.

We're getting a brief respite again, back from the mud I wrote you about.

I had my first cold of the season a short time back but it's gone now and, I hope, for good.

We were awarded our Combat Infantryman's Badges recently. You've seen the picture of them. Background to the rifle is infantry blue color. For the men it means a $10 raise in pay. For the officers it means simply the distinction. But all of us consider it our highest award, above any other medal, for it is limited to front line fighting troops. I mailed you the Silver Star Medal the other day, minus the ribbon which we are required to wear, although it seem a little ridiculous on combat uniform. My two ribbons and Combat Infantryman's Badge make quite a colorful splash on olive drab. Of course, I'm supposed to be wearing two other ribbons which I don't have: the American Defense Ribbon, a nonsensical affair for those in service before Pearl Harbor, and the European Theatre of Operations ribbon with a Bronze Star to show participation in the Battle of France. I'm still zealously avoiding the Purple Heart!

I read Mrs. Weymouth's letter with a good deal of interest. I've often wondered how she could manage that huge place alone. Have Marnie pay the freight charges from my account and you should include something extra for her kindness in storing the things so long. After a struggle, I managed to get her to keep five dollars several years ago but she's had nothing since. What is her address now so I can write to her?

While I think about it, did I ever get a refund on my Income Tax?

We had our turn at the radio last night and heard Bing Crosby and Judy Garland on Command Performance. It was a hilarious program with a wonderful satire on Lucky Strikes Hit Parade, commercials and all. Featured songs were the "All Time Flop Parade" and they really were funny. As I write now the same program is being re-broadcast so I'm going to take time out to listen.

I'm enclosing a reproduction of a news clipping from a United States paper which might be of interest.

Love,

Bob

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