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Letter From Stanley

I Would Like to be Free

August, 29 and September 3, 1945. Two letters from Stanley to Dad. Stanley is still in Abilene, Texas where it is “kind of quiet in the barracks” as “most of the fellows took off for town.” He shares more information about the area where he is stationed. “…the land around here is sure flat and … Continue reading »

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Plenty of Fresh Milk

August 20 and 25, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad from “the heart of Texas,” Abilene. He writes that they left Sioux Falls on the 16th and arrived in Abilene on the 18th, traveling the entire way in air-conditioned Pullman cars. They had a dinner stop in Kansas City for “a meal…at Fred Harvey’s restaurant,” … Continue reading »

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Sent Far and Wide

August 14, 1945. Stanley writes a letter to Dad from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At this point it is unknown if Stanley is still with the 401st Bomb Group as in previous letters he alluded to the 401st being broken up, for the most part. He is sure that he “will not stay on this … Continue reading »

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How I Miss it All Now

August 8 and 11, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad from Sioux Falls, South Dakota upon the end of his 30 days R&R home in Albany and his return to service.  He details, “I got back to Ft. Dix Fri 3, Aug 45 about 4 P.M. Sure had a good time at home and … Continue reading »

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Now the Baby is a Catholic

July 30 and August 1, 1945. Stanley writes his last two letters from Albany while on a 30 day R&R at home. In a few days he will be reporting to Fort Dix in New Jersey for his next assignment. He reflects, “I’ve had a pretty eventful month home. I was home for the 4th … Continue reading »

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The Month Went By Too Fast

July 27 and 28, 1945. Stanley writes two letters to Dad as his 30 day Rest and Recuperation furlough is starting to wind down. He is due to report to Fort Dix by midnight of August 3. He even comments that he is likely to be back at Fort Dix by the time Dad gets … Continue reading »

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Her Baby Sister Gets More Attention

July 22 and 24, 1945. Stanley is still home in Albany with “a little more than another week” on his 30 day R&R before it will be time to “go back to the same old grind.” He expects that when he gets back he “will have a lot of work” and “a lot of things to … Continue reading »

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Judith Anne is Improving

July 20 and 21, 1945. Stanley writes two letters, which he describes as “more jabbering and gossip rather than a letter,” to Dad from Albany. I’ll spare you the jabbering and gossip and get to the meat of the letters. It’s been a few days since Stanley has been able to write “between taking care … Continue reading »

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Face Things as They Come

July 15, 16, and 17, 1945. Stanley writes a few letters to Dad from Albany. Anna is still in the hospital after delivering her second child. She is expected to be home “sometime the end of the week or so.” In the meantime, although there has been no date set for the baby’s baptism Stanley … Continue reading »

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A Baby Sister

The last few days have been kind of busy for me. First off, I would like to welcome the new subscribers to the blog who have found this project as a result of the column that Chris Churchill wrote in the Albany Times Union this past week. I hope that you have had a chance … Continue reading »

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