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World War, 1939-1945; Letter writing; United States. Army
Davis writes about his visit to Bill Holloway in Kassel.
Cpl. Robert Davis, 18107121
G237, Co. F, 3rd MGR
% Pm. N. Y.
Drive to Kassel to see Bill Holloway
Mrs. R. L. Davis
1 January 1945 1946
Now the holidays are over, and very nice ones they were too. I told you about Bill Holloway calling me up, and being in the neighborhood of Kassel. Weill, last Saturday afternoon, I got the idea that I would drive up and pick him up, bring him back for a few days and celebrate the New Years eve with him. So, I drove up to see him, and that is a hell of a long trip; it took me 9hrs. to drive up, and 8 hours to drive back, 17 hrs. on the road. Because I didn’t want to mess up my own holiday in the event that he couldn’t come, I originally planned to drive right back in any event. Which is what I did. Left Sat. aft. (29 Dec) at three in aft., got in where he is at mid-nite, visited with him until 5 in the morning, slept until 9 in the morning, and left at 11 to come back. Got back in Ingolstadt at 7 that evening.
It was quite nice to see him again, its been so long since I have seen anyone from home. He told me some of the latest news from home, and also that as he came over at La Havre, he ran into Jerry Pickens being redeployed home from the same port! Said they had a nice several day visit with each other. As a Jr. Officer on a General’s Staff, he is loaded down with work, but he is enjoying it, up to a point. At the moment it was impossible for him to come back with me, but he thinks that he’ll be able to ge t away on his own this month and come down for a visit. He is particularly interested in the Hunting Lodge, Runte and Sonner, etc.
The work he is doing is regular army work; keeping service records, running army school quotas for his division, supervising plans and training. It is a pity that he couldn’t have gotten into some sort of MG work, since he would have taken it so gladly. But as I said, he is very happy about his work. He is the same old Bill, friendly, conscientious. I had forgotten how tall he is.