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The Letters of Harmon Buckley: Part 4- This Africa is Some Place

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04 August 2005

The following letter appears courtesy of and with thanks to Harmon Buckley and Michael P. May

Harmon sent this letter to his sister Billye Jean from North Africa, a few weeks before the 45th Division invaded Sicily.

1st Lt. Harmon L. Buckley 0-427802
Company "I", 179th Infantry
A.P.O. 45
New York, N.Y.

Miss Billie Jean Buckley
1021 East Main St.
Holdenville, Oklahoma.
June 29, 1943
Somewhere in N. Africa
Dearest Billie Jean,
I thought I would drop you a line while I had the time. I am feeling swell and have seen some really interesting places since I left the U.S.A. This Africa is some place & you should see the Arabs here because they are really queer. I will tell you all about them when I get home.
Billie I received a letter today from my Son and it really made me happy. He said he was going up to see you all soon. He and his Mother are the sweetest ones. I sure do love them. So you help Anita take good care of him.

Sis. how is our wonderful mother & dad feeling? I hope they are feeling much better by now. Tell dad that Russ. told me about the letter they received asking Anita & him to come up. You are really going to have to get on dad & mother and make them take better care of themselves.
Billie what have you been doing since school was out? I bet you have been having fun. When you write Mearl tell her & Orville hello for me and ask her to write to me because a letter means so much to a soldier over here.
I will close now and drop mother & dad a few lines. Tell everyone hello for me & and write me alot. Don't worry because I will be O.K.
Lots of love.

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