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dc.creatorBateman, Bob
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-31T17:13:06Z
dc.date.available2020-03-31T17:13:06Z
dc.date.issued1942-12-30
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/38543
dc.descriptionLetter from Bob Bateman, stationed in North Africa with Amon, Jr., to Amon Carter with news about Amon, Jr. and information about life there.
dc.format.medium5x8 paper
dc.relationAmon G. Carter Papers (MS 014)
dc.rightsPrior written permission from TCU Special Collections required to use any document or photograph
dc.sourceBox 141, POW - B Miscellaneous 1942-1943 folder, Item 008
dc.subjectCarter, Amon G., Jr.
dc.subjectPrisoners of war
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.titleLetter re: soldier life
dc.typeDocument
dc.description.transcriptionSomewhere in North Africa Dec 30/42 Dear Mr Carter: - Received a letter from my wife today that a Mr Amon Carter from Fort Worth, Texas had called giving her glad tidings. She didn't say exactly when the call had come but her letter was dated Dec 11 - as I recall you left us Dec 9 - the only way I can figure that one out is that you must have your private wire from London - anyway I for one certainly appreciate all the trouble and expense you went to in order that our folks at home might have such 'cheery hello' - it was really nice. That of course is only additional appreciation of your many kindnesses while we were together in England and Ireland - Guess Amon has written you all the news from here - We have been surprised in many ways recently - My geography teacher told me all about the great desert in N. Africa - only she had never been here either for we haven't seen any sand yet - as fas as we are concerned Africa is a large continent covered with mud - (illegible) under mud, as you will recall I'm sure, was never anything like this - With exception of two days I believe it has rained continuously ever since we've been here - so with living in pup tents, wading in mud practically up to our knees you can imagine what a sorry looking site we make - in spite of this moral is very high - strict blackout regluations so believe it or not I'm writing this in a pup tent - with it pouring rain - by candlelight - This I hope explains the handwriting - Amon is in the best of health as most of the other men & officers - seems like living out of doors, no matter how bad the weather, gives rise to few (illegible) & little sickness. Of course we have our usual few as would be expected with this number of men - We have visited (illegible), as we are allowed to say by the censor; and it certainly is a remarkable filthy beyond description - mixtures of all the latrines - food not to be had - wine flowing freely & very cheap tho the price increased many times since the arrival of American (illegible) government (I suppose French) controlled (illegible) houses - I am told of course - at 35¢ a throw - line forms on the right - the town is off limits to most all military personnel. Arabs seem to spring up like mushrooms all over the country side about our boys selling (illegible) 2 & 3 francs - tangarines at 1 franc eggs at 3, 4, & 5 whatever they can get, usually 5 sometimes more - & wine at 3 - 400 franc which sells in towns at 20 - Guess that's the story - interesting rumors are beginning to start however - Thanks again & the best in the New Year for you & yours Bob Bateman


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    The Amon G. Carter Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks, and artifacts. The papers document the history of Fort Worth and the Southwest, as well as Carter's personal and business interests.

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