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18 December1943
exact date of 18 of December 1943
day of the month 18 December 1943
calendar day - 12 of December year - 1943
month of Decemberdecade of the 1940s.
1900s century

To: Miss Margie Krumpleman
Box 168 R.R.#4, Buttermilk Rd., Erlanger, Kentucky USA.

From: CPL Jrs Joe E Lehman (35633019) 400th MPEJ Comapny
Prisoner of War Camp, Camp Bowie Texas, USA.


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Dear Margie
Received your letter yesterday Was glad to hear from you Well are you all ready for Santa Claus Wont be long now willit Its getting colder here but I dont think well have a white Christmas have you had any snow yet Guess Ill spend a quiet weekend in Camp Two weeks ago I spend the week end in Oklahoma visiting a couple of guys I know up there Last weekend I spent in Old Mexico the st Sgt & a couple of these guys & myself got a day pass & went over he border Just went as far as Piedas Negras That means Black Rock We picked up a few tickets & took in the sights Its a very quint old town Just like you read about Old house narrow streets sort of dirty lots of

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Then a quite a few of souvenir stores & unit shops A lot of liquor sore too We managed to bring back some liquor I even managed to pick up some silk stockings Nothing is rationed over there Yes shoes food etc One fellow got a dam nice pair of shoes We also filled up with gasoline Seemed just like old times Buying things with out stamps We got fairly well tanked Saturday night on that Mexico whiskey

Just enough so that we all had a luck of a good time We sure had a lot of fun On the way back we blew out tires Boy oh boy Were we in a spot Out on the Texas prairie miles from the nearest town We didnt know what to do We waited a while and finally a car came along It happened to be a couple of Lts They stopped and loaded us their spare time to get into town & then helped us locate another tire

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Ours was blown out beyond repair They gave us a tire certificate & we got a tire Can you imagine that As scarce as tire certificates are & they just gave it to us He wouldnt take any pay either We had some " " gas coupons so we gave him those He was glad to get them But that was pretty huh Ill never forget that little incident All in all we had a swell trip though Hope I get to take it again before too long

The first of this week a boil popped out on my neck Had it all fixed up this morning Still have a bandage on it though Its dam unhandy Thats about all I know for now except that we still havent heard from Bill Hope we do soon We got a cablegram saying that he landed safe but Lord only knows where

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When we hear from him Ill let you know Tell your folks I said "Hello" ad a very Merry Christmas to you all

As ever

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