U 02765 S ARMY EXAMINER CENSOR'S STAMP [signature] W.S. [Barker?] [illegible]
MRS. CECIL SMITH TOMS BROOK VIRGINIA U.S.A.
P.F.C. Bill Hottle 33537154 (Sender's name) Btry. C. 99th FABn. (Sender's address) A.P.O. 201 c/o Postmaster San Francisco, Calif. August 23, 1943 (Date)
The worst news I've heard since I've been in the Army was the death of Cecil's mother and Bobby. I just heard that it happened, and I don't know the details or anything, but it certainly was a shock and my deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. Tell me how it happened when you write. I'm still sitting around with my back taped up, but I think they'll let me go now in a few day's. when I wrote you last week I forgot to tell you that I haden't told them about it at home - so when you talk to any of them - don't mention it to them. I don't know why -- but I haven't heard from home but once in nearly 3 wks. and seriously, I'm beginning to worry a little. They've been writing every day and I'm just wondering if they're sick or something. You see, I depend on you for all the inside "dope" on everything at home, because I know you'll give it to me. I got Ralph's letter yesterday telling me he was getting married. What do you think of it? Please write whenever you can and give my love to all back there.
Billy [Graphic of eagle} I WILL PROTECT MY COUNTRY MY FAMILY BUY WAR BONDS V..---MAIL