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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.216 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Shreveport, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 April 1943 Pagination: 6 p. ; 12.8 x 20 cm.

Diamond describes his birthday, which was celebrated with a quiet luncheon. However, Sidney reports back that festivities were disturbed by an act of insubordination (a staff sergeant talking back to the company commander), a tremendous quarrel, a man being put under guard, a faint, and the man crying like a three-year old. He informs Estelle that he has been made train quartermaster for the company's next move.

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