September 3, 1944
Letters from Harold J. Dahl
France, Sept 3rd 
Dear Mom & Lou,
The label is from a bottle the Germans left me for the celebration of my birthday [HJD was 31 years old on 9/3/44]. While it was not the best of cognac, it still was a pleasure to have it. Also I had a real, honest-to-goodness Hershey bar in my PX ration this week and I’m going to eat that later on.
I went for water this afternoon so I saw a little of this vicinity and I must say it is the most beautiful country I have ever seen. No wonder they call this “La Belle France”!
The news makes everyone talk about prospects of getting home by Christmas. Let’s hope that one comes true.
It is too bad that I can’t tell you about the places I’ve seen - I hope I’ll be able to remember it all after I get home. Probably I will, bit by bit. One day I went thru a town and saw the subject of an etching by a man Mr. Ellerhusen once introduced me to. It is one of my favorites so I was thrilled to see the original. And many places are mentioned in Dumas [Alexander Dumas] or have been spoken of by the Van Duynes [Towaco neighbors] so they are like old friends.
I know you are thinking about me today as I am of you and home. Things for the world look better now than they have for many years so that is the best birthday present I could have.
Thanks for the cards.