In St. Jean de Daye area, 120th and 117th Infantry Regiments encounter determined opposition; 119th Infantry Regiment moves south along Vire River through Cavigny. CCB of 3rd Armored Division attacks southwest toward Hts. Vents ( southeast of Esglandes) and reaches objective but is ordered to withdraw. Counterattack by 2nd SS Engineer Battalion is frustrated by heavy artillery concentration.
G-1 Section, Hq XIX Corps
APO 270, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.
Mary W. Garner, SK2c
U.S. Naval Air Station
U.S.A. "Somewhere in France"
9 July 1944
Well, Sis, I have finally received some mail. I received a letter from Mother, Gwen and one from you today. Boy it was really good to hear from you once more. Your letter was dated the 20th June so you can see how long it takes these days.
You mentioned the candy. Yes I received it and it was very good. In fact, we all enjoyed it very much. I haven't received the nuts but imagine they are on this side someplace. I'm glad you like the little pin I sent you. It wasn't much and had a very poor clasp on it but I thought it would be better than nothing.
So the bill is again before the house to send Waves over. Well you know somebody has to stay home. I don't know whether I'd come over if I were in your shoes or not. Of course they have to pass the bill first. The only thing I can say is that it would surely make you appreciate the good old U.S.A. all the more and I don't mean maybe.
Gwen doesn't seem to like her new station very much. The girls there are much more peculiar than the ones she has been used to. She likes the surrounding better though. It is also in an area that she knows rather well. I guess she'll tell you all about that.
Well there isn't much more to say right now. Just be watching for us. I don't think they know we're here. Well take care of yourself and lots of luck with your exams.
Lots of Love,