Elmer Wikan

Servicemen's Letters Tell of Life in Italy and New Guinea

The following letter, written June 8 in Italy, by Corporal Forrest Berg to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Berg, Rock Falls, tells of meeting friends from this locality in Italy:

"Dear Folks,
"It's quite awhile since my last letter but, as you know, there has been a lot going on and I haven't had much time to write.

"I had a pretty good birthday because, the day after it, we got our first beer and coke again. That afternoon, Raymond Books came and looked me up. We talked all afternoon. Tell his mother that we met. We may not have a chance to meet again, but I'll try to keep track of his outfit.

"A few days after that, I talked with some boys from Frank Norrish's outfit, but I couldn't get to look him up.

"This morning I contacted some fellows from another outfit with a lot of Wisconsin boys. I saw quite a few from Eau Claire, including Elmer Wikan. We remembered each other and talked about the time we went to school together in New Auburn. His brother, Walter, is a captain.

"Everything looks good and the news is good. It makes all of us feel like ending this thing.

"Greet all the folks, and so long for now.  Love, FORREST"