March 31[handwritten in black ink], 1945
Dear Captain Strauss --
You said you would be kind enough to keep this $20 for me when I go
ashore. I've added a newly discovered dollar to it. You don't need to put
it in the safe. In case I get bumped off just give it, magnanimously, to the poor!
I'm leaving my clothing roll with Mr. Thwing -- not to be delivered ashore
until or unless I send for it. Actually I think I shall probably go back with
you. Even if not, I'm sure I'll be back aborad on D-1 or D-2.
Many, many thanks.
[signed in pencil] Ernie Pyle