Received your letter some time ago, and am very sorry that I haven't answered sooner. It's the same old story and I guess you get tired of hearing it. One of these days things will be different, I hope. Please excuse the stationery as it is all I have at the present. Wanted to get a few lines at least, off to you while I had the chance. Yep, I'm doing a little goldbricking, I'm going in to Santa Fe in a few minutes to see if I can get some tires for my car. Got a red hot rumor that some tires are due to arrive this afternoon. I have a certificate for two but so far I haven't been able to do any good. Got a nice long, and very interesting, letter from Bill yesterday. Was the first I'd heard from him in a long time. He sent a few pictures along too, and some of them aren't very pretty. They are actual shots of some of those prison camps for the States sometime in November. Sure hope he makes it as it has been a long time since he's seen home.
You asked about the height of my little gal. Well, she's just about 1 inch shorter than I am. I am 5'11". The folks had a very nice visit with you. Just hope they can do it more often in the future. I was planning to go to California on my next furlough which I had hoped would come in December, but if Bill gets home I guess I'll go home instead. Thought it would be nice if I had the chance to go to Cal. as long as I was out this far, but I guess it'll have to wait. Well, I guess this is about all I have time for right now. I want to be sure to get into town as soon as possible so I don't miss out on a chance to get those tires. Just want to let you know that I was OK and at least still among the living. Give my best to your folks and be good. Write again when you can
Your Cousin, Joe
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