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Prisoners Captured
Note: This is another letter from Anne. It mentions prisoners Joe captured and the Nazi flag he sent home.
March 11, 1945
Dearest Joe,
It's Sunday again sweetheart and it was a beautiful day out. Your father had gotten me a couple of rolls of film. So we took some pictures at your mother's this afternoon. I'm going to have them developed right away and send them right off to you if they turn out any good. The sun was out nice, so they ought to turn out OK.

We went down to Granny Jones' house today and brought the Nazi flag to show Grandpa. Tom and Margie were there too. They couldn't get over it. I was just wondering if you realized all the excitement it was going to cause when you sent it. I know you'd enjoy being here to share the excitement of showing it off. It's really a great thrill to tell everyone you sent it home sweetheart.

You can imagine your father with it. I left it over there for him tonight. He said he'd like to "borrow" it. I bet I'll never get it back again though. He couldn't wait until he got a hold of it and then he wouldn't leave it out of his hands. I gave it to him before we went to the "Bay" and he even he even had it in the front seat with him all the way there and back.

I forgot to tell you before but seeing Tom again today reminded me. Tom said he's getting material together for a "ham" station after the war. He thought you might like to start one.

Granny Jones is crazy about Helen. Mary says she raves about her to everyone who comes in. Aunt Maggie is crazy about her too. You know your grandmother is on my side about Helen's looks. She thinks she's getting to look more and more like you all the time. We still can't convince your mother though.

All the kids have a swell time with Helen every Sunday. Boy they'd be terribly disappointed if we missed a Sunday over there. You ought to see how good she is while we say the Rosary after supper too. She plays alone and never interrupts us a bit. Only sometimes, the kids (note: Anne is referring to Joe's younger brothers and sisters) start giggling at some of the cute tricks she pulls while she's playing.

Tonight she was playing with the doll and cradle. She took the dolls' pillow out, put it on the floor, and laid her head down on it. Her little fat behind was sticking up in the air. It was so cute to see that the kids giggled a little. Sometimes you can't help it, as serious as you try to be.

I called Ruth Hanlon up yesterday instead of writing to answer her letter. We got to talk about John Ryan and I asked for his address because I thought he might be in your Division. He was in Iceland and England, so I thought he may be in the Fifth. Here it is in case you should find it near you. Co. I, 118th Infantry, APO 129.

I got a letter from Margo yesterday too. It was very short and did not have much news. She just said they still don't know what's going to happen to her husband. So far, they're still in Texas.

I met Sue Sheridan this morning after Mass and she was asking for you. Charlie is still in Italy.

I let your father and mother read the 15-page letter you wrote on January 31. You should have seen your father when he read about the 33 prisoners you took back. That was something else for him to brag about. Granny Jones told us you're doing a whole lot more than your father did in the last war.

They're so pleased about the letter you wrote to them. You're so thoughtful honey. That's one of the many, many things I love so much about you, Joe darling. I do love you an awful lot. There isn't any more news so I'll close for now.

Goodnight sweetheart. Lots of hugs and kisses and all my love.
Your loving wife,

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Captured Germans..
Photo Joe Mailed Home
(The caption above the photo reads "A Boatload of 'Supermen' Headed For Internment."

Below the photo it says, "Infantrymen of the 5th Division, U.S. 3rd Army, disembark a group of Nazis captured during Patton's drive near Echternach. On far shore, others wait to be transported. Yesterday, Yanks cleared all remaining Nazis from Luxembourg."