War (1944-1945) > Provisions
Following their son's instruction to "save the letters" (postscript in March 20, 1945 letter), Barnet and Mary Rosset preserved the mostly typewritten accounts their son mailed home while stationed overseas. So extensive was the correspondence between Barney and his parents that the young man once noted he had received fifteen letters in a single day. While this might be thought a testament as much to the delay in mail reception as to the frequency of contact, Rosset does admit in a March 30, 1945 letter, "I am breaking all the records they had for mail."
Many of these letters reflected parental concern for Rosset's well-being and nutrition, and Barney's habitual requests seem to have been generously met. Their gifts included canned lobster, soups, alcoholic mixers, and money. Barney in turn consistently reassured his parents about his health and safety, acknowledging that he was amongst the most fortunate of his unit – not only because of the supplies he was sent from abroad, but also because of a connection to members of his unit who received special opportunities to dine in “luxury.” As he states in his letter of April 3, 1945, "With all the packages I been getting, I must be the best supplied soldier in China, no doubt about it."