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Author Archives: John

That’s Quite a Question.

December 29, 1945 and January 3, 1946. Dad writes two letters home from Guam on the cusp of the New Year. In his letter of the 29th, he writes that he has enclosed some photos with this letter. I’m sorry to report that the photos did not seem to survive as part of the archive … Continue reading »

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Terry Loves Uncle Stanley

December 28 and 30, 1945. Stanley wraps up the year home in Albany, NY with two letters to Dad. It seems that a few people in the house have colds. Stanley’s was so bad that he was unable to go to work.  He reports that he could hardly get any sleep. “My throat was sore … Continue reading »

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It is a White Christmas Here

December 25, 1945. Stanley writes a letter to Dad from the home front in Albany, NY wishing him “a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year, and hope sincerely that you come back to the homestead as fast as you can. …we have a bed and an extra chair all reserved for you … Continue reading »

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Silent Night and Other Christmas Carols

December 16 through the 25, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam, over the course of several days. The first letter, the shorter of the two, was started on the 16th and includes additional notes from the 18th, while the second letter was written on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He notes on the 16th, … Continue reading »

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Wishing You the Best and Happiest Christmas

December 16, 1945. Stanley writes Dad from Albany, NY on a Sunday afternoon, where Old Man Winter has the home town in his grip. Their brother-in-law, Eddie, left “bright and early” to go “ice fishing, of course”, while Stanley and his sister Anna went to church. He details the weather conditions. “This morning it started … Continue reading »

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This Isn’t the Army that Won the War

December 10 and 14, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam where he is trying to make the best of the grind and tedium of post-war life in the Pacific. He admits in his first paragraph on the tenth, “I am fine and would feel better if I were at home.”  He notes, “…not … Continue reading »

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Christmas Won’t Be Christmas Until You Are Here

December 8 and 9, 1945. Stanley manages to write two letters in as many days. They are both rather short with details about life around the house and news about friends and neighbors who are home from the service. Saturday the eighth was a holy day of obligation, so Stanley went to church with pop … Continue reading »

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You Have Been There Long Enough

December 2, 1945. Stanley kicks off December with a three and a half page typewritten letter. He has pretty much taken over the letter writing duties from home since Anna is “quite busy with the two little ones”. Even so, Stanley writes that Anna has given him a note with “some ideas of what to … Continue reading »

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It’s Not Like Times Square

November 27, 1945. Jae Damusis writes a letter to Dad from Tokyo. Damusis is a fellow who Dad befriended early in his army career. Joe is writing shortly after his arrival. This is the only letter in the collection written from post-war 1945 Japan. I find it interesting in that it provides a contemporaneous impression … Continue reading »

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This Frying Pan of an Island

November 27 and December 2, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam with his “hope this letter will bring…some of the warmth from this frying pan of an island.”  The war has been finished for some time, the army is winding things down at Northwest Field and Christmas is on its way. With all … Continue reading »

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