Transcribed by James Fox, August 2004|
from the Deposit-Coach Fox WW2 Letters Collection
Pvt. Jack R. Bennett (letter 1/2)
Deposit H.S. Class of 1941
May 18, 1944
Greetings from merrie olde England! I don't suppose this will be the first letter you have received from England so my greetings probably isn't very original.
I've been here only a comparatively short time - seems like ages though - and so far I like this country well enough. It's amazing to me how such a small country could ever come to be the formidable world power that Britain is today. After five years of war the morale of these people is as good as that of the people in the states.
I suppose you've heard about Pete Judd being reported missing on a raid over the continent. It was tough news for me, as Pete and I were practically raised together. I understand that Berk Boyd has received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant. Boy, I sure missed the boat by not joining the air corps.
I've been writing to Paul Sutliff occassionally. Paul used to be my sixth and seventh grade teacher when he was teaching in Guntown.
Well, coach, when the boys get back again and get the town team started I can think of no one we'd rather have to show us the trick than you. Some of us will probably need a great deal of refreshing, so you'll have to give us hell just like you did in the old days.
I can sincerely say that I enjoyed your letter immensely and think that you have a swell idea. I think the fellows would be interested in any comments you might have to offer on the sports situation at D.C.S. Bob keeps me pretty well posted, but he won't be there much longer so that source of information will soon be closed.
By the way, I have a diferent A.P.O. number from the one I had when I first came over. You can get it from my return address.
Pvt. Jack Bennett (letter 2/2)
Oct. 24, 1944
I received your latest communique from the home front yesterday and was especially interested in the idea that Bucky submitted on having a reunion of the Varsity "D" after this war is over. I think he's really on the ball and imagine the other fellows feel the same as I do.
Well, Coach, those French phrases that Miss Clark used to pound into my head really paid off when I was in France. An American soldier who can speak French is treated like a king, and there is a surprisingly small number of us Yanks who can speak French. I had a lot of fun and a number of interesting experienced in la belle France. I was in Paris, the city of light, for a very short time, and believe me, it's all that it's reputed to be. I haven't met any of the boys from Deposit yet, although there must be many of them here.