The Letter Project

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The Letter Project is a national initiative to dust off, collect and showcase letters to and from veterans of all wars. READ MORE.

The Letter From a Caring Stranger– Family of Melvin Callaway, August, 1945

A town in Denmark under German occupation put itself at grave risk to honor and respect the sacrifice of Airman Melvin Callaway and, when the war ended, to find his family.
 

 
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Western Union:… Your son, Second Lieutenant Robert E. Hanrahan, is a prisoner of war of the German government.

There is more, both for the soldier and for the family, after the dreaded telegram. Thanks to the Hanrahan Family, you may look beyond that message and into a window of the experience of being a prisoner of war.

 
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Private, later Corporal, George Gobbz, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 1944-1946

Private Gobbz was sent to the war in the Pacific in 1944 and fought with the marines in every significant battle until the end of the war.  He then was assigned to occupation duty in Japan, including house to house weapons … Continue reading

 
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Air Corpsman Alex Dickie, First Army Air Group, Ligny-en-Barrois, France, November 9, 1918

Corpsman Dickie was an aerial spotter in the air corps, which included machine gun as well as observation duties. He wrote this letter with strong hints about the armistice that would be declared two days later, an event that the … Continue reading

 
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The Dauphine Doughboy – 1919

Letter Description: Not exactly a personal letter but still a message home from the front, The Dauphine Doughboy was published for American troops stationed near Grenoble, France. Thousands of US soldiers were kept in France after Armistice Day, usually sent … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

  Letter Description: (Letter written October 14, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Letter Description: (Letter written November 12, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Letter Description: (Letter written March 8, 1919) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Private Thomas R. Smith

Letter Description: (Letter written August 4, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

    Letter Description: (Letter written September 5, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on … Continue reading

 
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