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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.262 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Noumea, New Caledonia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: August 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20.5 x 9.5 cm.

Diamond informs Estelle that he has been moved "temporarily" from platoon leader to second-in-command of the company. Diamond describes the "mutual friendship" that had arisen between himself and the men that he had trained, saying that his voice "actually quivered" when he said "so-long".

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