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July 22, 1945

I am on my way back to camp. I'm almost there . . . . . I've been in (this) place for two days . . . . getting lots of rest and good food.

How are you, darling . . . . And Patty?
As for me, I am in the best of health.
I haven't heard anything about going home but it won't be too long now, I hope.
Write often, darling.
I love you with all my heart.
And hope to see you soon.

Love and Kisses, Bob
Give Patty a big kiss for me.

I love you, Dot. 

Below the body of this short letter is the admonition to:

They were so young, those WWII warriors.

He was only 24 when he wrote this letter. They were married in 1942 but there wasn't much time for them to be together, to know each other. The war was on; he was married in his uniform.

My father and his two brothers, Norman and Richard, fought the 'good war'. His father, Noe Pierre, was a casualty of WWI and spent most of his adult life in and out of veteran's hospitals suffering the effects of mustard gas. Noe was a staunch advocate for returning soldiers of WWII and worked tirelessly for them when he was able. I have such clear memories of him in the lead automobile heading up the Memorial Day Parade in our Massachusetts town. The military and patriotism were important themes in his household.

During the war years, my mother and I lived with my paternal grandparents. I was the first grandchild and doted on and probably spoiled by my mother, grandparents and youngest uncle, Richard, who was still at home when I was born. I'm told that he would gather me into his arms, take me into his bedroom, prop me on pillows on his bed and tell all about his latest 'girl' and his date for the evening.

I recall a room that functioned as an office for my grandfather with a large desk and world globe.  My mother said that he also had a large map of the world over his desk on which he plotted the advance of the allied forces.

He had a bald, shiny head and I loved the way it smelled.  I have never smelled that fragrance again.

A tribute to veterans
written and previously published
on an older blog


Gunnels blog said...

So lovely post !!!!

patstudio said...

thank you Gunnel. much appreciated.

Clare Wassermann said...

I've really enjoyed looking through your blog and savouring some of your memories xx

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Just tripped down your beautiful blog. I use to live near Damariscotta....years ago. Your pictures bring back lovely memories! -Jayne

patstudio said...

glad you visited my blog and enjoyed. i sure did enjoy your's.....

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