80th Infantry Division Christmas Card
Sent By Sgt. Joseph DeLaurentis, Co. A, 702nd Tank Battalion
To His Fiancée, Lela-1944. Courtesy Of Lela M. Eitel
It was the night before Christmas,
The sergeant was aghast-
He was to go on patrol,
Knowing it would be his last.
Four men were to check out- "the rise"
The sergeant was shivering and shaking in his hole of ice.
A wonderful sight and sound did appear-
Was it the effect of his "Four-Star cognac" cheer?
A truck stopped abruptly, and in the dark,
Four young replacements reluctantly debarked.
Santa had sent his gift just in time-
These new guys would do just fine.
1945 Replacement, 319th Infantry, 80th Division
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