July 26, 1943
Had a letter handed to me today from Marje Florendine. I guess she is in Sicily also. Certainly hope I can see her. Gen. Montgomery visited us today and officially welcomed us into the 8th Army. He told us about Mussolini being kicked out and said Victor Emmanual would soon be also. First air mail letter from Muriel today – was I thrilled. Wired Muriel today for her birthday. We are situated in Cuckoo in front of Cuckoo Mt. – Facing Catania Plains and looking straight into Mt. Etna. We are situated in an orange grove on a big farm, recently occupied by an Italian Aerodrome. The peasants are busy with oxen and donkeys hauling and threshing their grain.