“Dear Mom & Pop,
The pipe and tobacco came today. It’s very nice and I want to thank you lots. The Easter card came too.
Effective today we can mention the fact that we were in New Zealand. It’s a great country and has some mighty fine people. I was never so much impressed with a place in my life, and aside from living in Minnesota I believe I would like to live there in preference to almost anywhere.
As you have probably noticed from my return address, I am now a Lt. Colonel. Queer thing though, I’m not nearly as thrilled over it as I was when I made Captain. Still I’m flattered over the promotion because I’m the first Reserve Officer to ever make Lt. colonel in this outfit just as I was the first to make Captain and Major.
You have probably read a good deal about rotation. After two years overseas soldiers supposedly go home from this area. Just a few are allowed to go though and because this is a regular army outfit with a very high percentage of regular army soldiers with 3,4,5,6 years service overseas, very few of us are allowed to go. I’ve told Milly not to expect me until the war is over. Hope it is soon.