Russell V. Larson

Private Russell V. Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Larson of Route 2, Eau Claire, WI, has arrived somewhere in Italy, according to word received by his parents.

He entered the service in June 1944 at Fort Sheridan; received his training at Fort Blanding, FL.

He is with the Infantry.

Her Son's Buddies Wrote: 'We Enjoyed Your Coffee'
Mrs. Louis Larson, Route 2, Eau Claire, received a letter from Italy the other day. It was not from her son, Private Russell B.[?] Larson, who is serving with the 87th Mountain Infantry, taking part in the action near Bologna in that country, but it brought her unexpected news about him. The letter, dated April 9, read as follows:

"Dear Mom: 

"We just relieved your son on the front lines, and I took over his foxhole. I don't know him personally, but we found a box of coffee that he left behind and enjoyed it very much. You said on the box, if he wanted any more, to let you know.

"Now, maybe he doesn't want any more, but the boys in my platoon do. It was the best tasting coffee we have had since leaving the States and was the first pulverized coffee some of the boys have ever tasted.

"Now, please, Mom, don't think we are bold in asking, but we just couldn't resist in asking for more. Now, of course, if your fingers happen to slip and drop a few cookies in with it, it would all be appreciated.

"I know you are a mother just like all the boys have and like to hear from fellows in your son's outfit, as we are in this all together and doing a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. We have our fingers crossed here, hoping the old war will be over soon, and we can come home and see our loved ones, especially our mothers.

"Well, Ma, I will bring this to a close. Hoping to hear from you  with a box of coffee soon. A fellow buddy in your son's outfit.  Technical Sergeant Jack L. Fortna"

Mrs. Larson is packing the box  for shipment overseas. It will contain the coffee, and her fingers will slip in cookies and other treats, just like those she sends to her sons.

Mr. and Mrs. Larson have another son in the service, Private Williard S.  Larson, who was wounded in Belgium and has just returned to duty somewhere on the continent, after being released from a hospital in England.