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On offer is a fascinating collection of letters from an American soldier in WWII. The collection consists of 69 letters written between this soldier and a young woman in North Carolina. The letters were written from April 1942 through March 1944. The letters are in generally good condition and the handwriting is legible. William Sain is a soldier in the United States army Quartermasters Corp. He serves in a number of locations around the United States as evidenced by his return addresses or imprinted letterheads. He entered the army as a private but progresses and by late 1943 has attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. The letters mostly detail his growing affection for Mary Mitchell: "... I don't know whether you will want to hear this or not but i'm goin to say it anyway really life is different since I met you. You are the first girl that I met in several years that I cared anything about …" [Apr 27, 1942]. By 1944, they were talking about marriage: "... I have really regretted that we didn't get married while I was at home ... " [Feb 21 1944]. Included in the collection is a letter to Mary dated in 1943 from a Sergeant Glenn Thomas who was serving in North Africa. Apparently, he too was a suitor for Mary's hand! However, it is evident that Sain and Mitchell have built a relationship over the years of correspondence. Their letters are full of the minutia of daily life, chatty gossip and growing affection for each other. "Dearest Darling Here I am behind on my writing I owe you about 4 so I will write them all in one I got a letter from Vada and Christine yesterday And Christine said she would like for us to get married there. Listen darling I don't know how far Baton Rouge is from Miss. I expect it's a pretty good ways I bet you can't hardly make it on a weekend pass. ... Frank is still in Tenn. He has a deferment for six months but I expect he will have to go before then ..." [Apr 3, 1944]. The letters give a wonderful look into the lives of very ordinary American youth as they cope with the unknowns of a global war. For a social historian, they provide a terrific window into the world of the home front. Despite the momentous events happening throughout the world, these letters show the complete focus these people have on their immediate lives and their desires for a better future.
Title: 1940s ORIGINAL GROUP OF WWII ERA LETTERS OF LOVE AND YEARNING AND A COMPETITIVE SUITOR HANDWRITTEN BY A HARD WORKING STAFF SERGEANT OF THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS
Publisher: UNITED STATES BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA, 1942
Book Condition: Good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 0008187
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