Letters written by James Patrick O’Dwyer in 1943 when he was in active service with
Company E, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion,
2nd Armored Division
Letters James Patrick O’Dwyer from the year 1943
December 31, 1943
This is the last day of 43.
Tomerrow is the beginning of a new year.
The first year was good for me,
A have a lot to be thankful for.
One is that i still have you, and
I know that whatever should
happen in the new year of ‘44, will
be for the best. It seem as though
big things are surely to hapenin
this new year to come. things that
might make us both happey, and
in time bring us together one more, to be toghether always and never to gain part.
I have a tenable cold darling.
This place is so damp that one couldn’t manage to live without having a cold.
As I sit here dying with the cold,
I can just about say what you
are thinking, but will overlook it.
Yes I think a good drink would
help. but that is sat. You will haf to
drink it for me.
Tomerrows New Years, oh what
coulden’t we be doing just now
if we were together. Well there will
be a new years’that we will be.
At this minute it is so quit here
that thingin (thinking) sounds as if it were
a greaher or something.
I have your picture here my
darling, that relieves me much just
to know that iIcan see you, even
though I cannot be with you
What are you doing just now?
Don’t tell me, I can imagin. Make
the last one for me.
How is everyone at home. Mom, Pap,
Bill and Violia, they are probely all
Darling this must be the last
page, found to believe I am just about
out of ink.
Tomorrow a working day again you now the army likes to start
the New Year off night, so we will
work in New Years.
So tomorrow i will write you
an other letter so as to start the
New year off with a bang. Right.
Well us Father Time said lights
of, so ends another year.
Im closing wishing all a “happey
New year, and may the new year of
43 (44) bring us together,- good night
My dear.- kiss, kiss,kiss.
Tell mom I send my love.
4 jan 1944
P.F.C James P.O. Dwyer (35251292)
Co. E 17th Armored Engr. Bn. A.P.O. 252
% Postmaster New York N.Y
Miss. Maxine Marie Steep
323 So. Bedford
Evansville (9) Ind.
(Army Post Office) 04 JAN 1944.
(Transcribed by Marco Dolleman, corrected by Martijn Brandjes)