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Letter From Stanley

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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Everything on the Home Front

November 18 and 25, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad on Guam from home in Albany, NY. He is writing the letter of the 18th at about 2PM on a Sunday afternoon. He reports that “there is not much news from the home front…” and “everything seems to be going okay…”   Little Terry is … Continue reading »

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Always on the Go

November 11 and 16, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad from home in Albany, NY. The eleventh being a Sunday is Stanley’s day off.  He mentions going to church and seeing some of their friends who were in the service, specifically Steve Miskiewicz who “came back to the states after being in the Chinese … Continue reading »

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Polishing his Discharge Button

November 4, 1945. Stanley writes a letter to Dad from home in Albany where he reports everyone is “in a pretty good state of health.” He apologizes for not writing sooner, explaining that he has “been running around looking for a job here and there.” Among the many companies he’s applied to are “The New … Continue reading »

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I am Now a Civilian

October 26 and 30, 1945. Stanley has been officially discharged and is writing from home where he exults, “Yes sir brother, I am now a civilian.” As the situation was when Stanley had his 30 days R&R after getting home from England, he acknowledges that it will be his duty to keep up the correspondence … Continue reading »

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I’ve Made the Grade

October 13, 1945. Stanley writes a letter to Dad from the Orderly Room in Abilene, where “it is sort of quiet.”  He details some of the benefits of working in the Orderly Room, specifically, “I have been here almost two months and I have only stood one inspection and the rest…I’ve been working on the morning … Continue reading »

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Nothing to do Here

September 30 and October 4, 1945. Stanley writes two more letters to Dad from Abilene where he is experiencing “a sudden change in the weather”. He relates that “It sure was cold last night,” and that “the gas stoves are going in the barracks full steam ahead…” There does not seem to be much for … Continue reading »

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We Had a Hearty Laugh

September 22 and 27, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad from Abilene where he is “feeling the best he can in the heat, deep in the heart of Texas.” It seems that he is spending his time either working in the orderly room where most of the time “it is kind of quiet” or … Continue reading »

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Days, Weeks, or Even Months

September 12 and 16, 1945.Stanley writes two letters to Dad from Abilene. He notes receiving one of dad’s letters, “which was not censored” and observes that, “It will be three years in the Army for me the last day of the month and three years since the last we saw each other.” Commenting on Dad’s … Continue reading »

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