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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.220 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Shreveport, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: April 1943 Pagination: 4 p. ; 14.2 x 21.5 cm.

Diamond writes that he has just returned from a lesson teaching him how to drive a two and a half ton truck. He proceeds to describe Leesville as the typical small army town, with the number of soldiers exceeding that of local civilians tremendously.

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