By the end of February 1945, Americal units (The Americal Division formed in New Caledonia in May 1942, the name taken from "Americans in New Caledonia") were spread over the western peninsula of Leyte hunting the last of the Japanese units in what was referred to as a "mop up" operation. Americal encountered a number of Japanese defensive positions. After less than two months on the island, they killed some 3,500 enemy soldiers in a bloody operation.
Dear May and Bill-
Received your letter today and I was indeed glad to hear from you as always before.
I'm glad you were able to get a car. I had thought it a big problem getting those rarities, perhaps you got a real buy, well I'm glad for your sake and I hope you both get a lot of pleasure out of it. This is one thing I'd like to get once I get out of the service.
Yes May, Pearl and I hope to tie the knot as soon as I can get home and as I mentioned before May, I expect you to be Maid of Honor, since Pearl's family would like her to have a real large affair (wedding) and I guess I'm for it too although the large cost of one is so unnecessary don't you agree May dear?
Hope you received all of my letters in which I mentioned thanks for all of your packages, you sent me. Even me with much needed toilet articles, I really needed it. Thanks a million. I shall write soon again. Best of luck. I think of you at all times. Love to Joanie. Best to you.
Your Devoted Brother