‘I Think Up Card Tricks to Play on the Boys’

Yet another letter from Babe that has a "censored" notice on the envelope. Obviously, I have no idea what was censored. But I can't even figure out how it was censored. There are no markings on the letter, nothing trimmed out. I need to better understand how censoring occurred.

Dated July 1, 1945; no postmark.

Dear Folks,

I received your letters the other day and I was glad to hear from you.

You don’t have to mention furlough or pass to me in your letters because if I can get one, I will, and if I can’t get one, which I can’t, then I won’t. I can’t tell them I want a furlough; all I can do is ask and if I don’t get it all I can do is growl, when I get out of earshot, of course.

All I know about myself now is that I am classified as a radio operator. I don’t know what outfit I am in or anything like that. In the army, you get kicked around here and there and they tell you this and that and in the end, you don’t know what they said or did to you. Read more of this post

‘Well Folks, I Am Now a Radio Operator’ (and Due for a Package)

Nestle's Chocolate ad from the Saturday Evening Post. Babe requested Nestle's bars in this letter home.

Letter dated “approximately” May 5, 1943; postmarked May 6 from Camp Wheeler. The back of the envelope includes this sentence: “I am listening to Jack Benny. If you didn’t hear it, ask someone who did why I mentioned it.”

Dear People,

I don’t know why I am writing tonight. I have nothing to write about, but I also have nothing to do right now so I thought I would pass the time writing.

I received Bib’s letter today, the first letter I got in at least a week. Therefore, I was very happy to receive it.

I sent you some receipts a few days ago that you must save. The receipts are for War Bonds and for my insurance. I also sent you some money tonight, so let me know if you and when you receive them. Read more of this post

Entering the Army Through Camp Upton

Site of Camp Upton, purple, and Babe's hometown of Mount Kisco, N.Y., in red.

Babe was born on Oct. 9, 1924, so the day he wrote this postcard to his parents, he would have been 18 years old. It is the earliest correspondence I have from Babe’s service in the military. I assume there should have been intake documents, draft papers or whatnot; I haven’t found them yet.

It also makes sense that it was his earliest correspondence, from Camp Upton, which sat on what is now the site of the government’s Brookhaven National Laboratory toward the eastern side of Long Island, N.Y. The map locates the site of Camp Upton, as well as Babe’s hometown in Mount Kisco, just north of New York City in Westchester County. Read more of this post

Another Camp Upton Postcard; Inquiring About Grandma

From Camp Upton, Long Island

The date is slightly smudged on the postmark. I think it’s March 1, 1943, from Camp Upton.

Pvt. Frank Mauro
A.S.N. 32810329
5th Rec. Co.
Camp Upton, NY

Dear Mom and Pop,

You still can’t write to me so I hope you are all feeling well, especially Grandma. I think I’ll get shipped out soon, so I’ll be able to give you my permanent address. Then you can send me my kit.

Love, Babe Read more of this post

First Card, from Camp Upton, on Long Island

Postmarked Feb. 28, 1943, from Camp Upton, N.Y.

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am at Camp Upton and I am enjoying myself. I won’t send my address because you can’t write to me or see me. Tell the others I haven’t time to write to any of them.


Postcard from Camp Upton